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Summary Machines: Samuel Beckett and Philosophy after Deleuze and Guattari is an leading edge method of the connection of the paintings of Samuel Beckett to philosophy. The research seeks to mix intertextual research and a 'schizoanalytic genealogy' derived from the idea of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari to discover a 'becoming-philosophy' of Beckett's literary writing. the writer makes a speciality of zones of come upon and disagreement - areas and occasions of 'becoming' - among Beckett, chosen philosophers and Deleuze and Guattari. within the retrospective look occasioned through that a part of Deleuze and Guattari's complicated legacy which embraces their curiosity within the writer, Beckett's writing particularly effectuates a threshold hesitation which might be visible on to effect on their method of the background of philosophy and on their contribution to its 'molecularization' within the identify of experimentation. summary Machines, with its arresting views on quite a lot of Beckett's paintings, will entice teachers and postgraduate scholars drawn to the philosophical echoes so glaring in his writing. the level of its recourse to philosophers apart from Deleuze and Guattari, together with, significantly, Alain Badiou, renders it a well timed and provocative intervention in modern debates about the courting of literature to philosophy, either inside Beckett reviews and past.

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Shadow Hospitality: Beckett and Philosophy 51 philosophy can be made to play host), is picked up by Uhlmann (11), but in a very specific manner connected with his intention to situate both Beckett and French thought in the period following the second world war in a common set of historical, cultural and intellectual contexts. Another insight which is convincingly developed in Uhlmann’s book is expressed in these terms: not only do Beckett and Deleuze share some of the same antecedents, they also share a method (a manner of creation) which for Deleuze involves the borrowing and transformation of concepts taken from his antecedents, and, for Beckett involves a similar ‘perversion’ or transformation of ideas and images taken from his antecedents.

28 Diagnosis need not, however, lead through the teleology of the 27 See Deleuze and Guattari (1986). See also Lecercle’s convincing argument that what is at stake in the concept of minor literature is entirely compatible with Deleuze’s theory of sens as developed in Logique du sens, in Lecercle (1995). 28 See also Birman (1998). Cf. Jacques Rancière: “L’écrivain est prestidgiteur et il est Shadow Hospitality: Beckett and Philosophy 45 ‘pharmacy’ to a cure for a given malady, but it can produce, in Deleuze’s terms, “little healths”.

Deleuze & Guattari 1972/1983, 27/20) This suggests one way of responding to Philippe Mengue’s undeniably persuasive argument regarding the “dilemma” of Proust et les signes (Mengue 2006). Deleuze, Mengue speculates, would perhaps choose to defend the contradictions between the strata of this book as being themselves indexical of his commitment to experimentation or formal renewal not just as a value in literature but equally, if less compellingly (in his own view), in philosophy. However, it is possible that Deleuze might construct his defence on quite distinct grounds.

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