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Deleuze and Memorial CultureDesire, Singular Memory and the Politics of Trauma$
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Adrian Parr

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627547

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627547.001.0001

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Desire is Social

Desire is Social

(p.15) CHAPTER 1 Desire is Social
Deleuze and Memorial Culture

Adrian Parr

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses memorial culture from the vantage point of libidinal energy. It outlines two very different investments of social remembrance: a schizoid investment of desire that occurs when memorial culture registers the social force of collective trauma; and a fascistic investment of memorial culture which occurs when the energies and affects the labour of memory produces are coded and given a fixed use. The chapter discusses Gilles Deleuze's view that desire is social and suggests that the character memorial culture takes depends on how desires are invested throughout the social field.

Keywords:   memorial culture, libidinal energy, social remembrance, investment of desire, schizoid investment, fascistic investment, Gilles Deleuze, desire

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