Dark Deleuze

9781517901332: Paperback
Release Date: 15th June 2016

Dimensions: 127 x 178

Number of Pages: 90

Series Forerunners: Ideas First

University of Minnesota Press

Dark Deleuze

Paperback / £6.99

French philosopher Gilles Deleuze is known as a thinker of creation, joyous affirmation, and rhizomatic assemblages. In this short book, Andrew Culp polemically argues that this once-radical canon of joy has lost its resistance to the present. Concepts created to defeat capitalism have been recycled into business mantras that joyously affirm “Power is vertical; potential is horizontal!”

Culp recovers the Deleuze’s forgotten negativity. He unsettles the prevailing interpretation through an underground network of references to conspiracy, cruelty, the terror of the outside, and the shame of being human. Ultimately, he rekindles opposition to what is intolerable about this world.

Forerunners is a thought-in-process series of breakthrough digital works. Written between fresh ideas and finished books, Forerunners draws on scholarly work initiated in notable blogs, social media, conference plenaries, journal articles, and the synergy of academic exchange. This is gray literature publishing: where intense thinking, change, and speculation take place in scholarship.

Andrew Culp is visiting assistant professor of rhetoric studies at Whitman College.

"Dark Deleuze is an important contribution to Deleuze scholarship—and to radical political thought."—Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory