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Deleuze and Politics$
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Ian Buchanan and Nicholas Thoburn

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632879

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632879.001.0001

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People and Fabulation

People and Fabulation

Chapter:
(p.218) Chapter 11 People and Fabulation
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Deleuze and Politics
Author(s):

Philippe Mengue

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632879.003.0011

This chapter focuses on the problematic of ‘fabulation’. Deleuze enticingly alludes to this Bergsonian figure in invoking a ‘new earth’ and a ‘people to come’, yet offers little elaboration. It is argued that the concept of fabulation and its relation to the question of ‘the people’ raises important concerns both for the critical analysis of Deleuze's concepts and for politics more widely. Tracing the problem of myth and fabulation through Nietzsche, Heidegger and Deleuze, the chapter argues that a concern with fabulation enables an understanding of transversal ‘unity’ in Deleuze, one constructed as a ‘democratic plane of immanence’. This necessitates unsettling a number of Deleuze's direct and popularly perceived political and conceptual positions, not least his critique of democracy and disavowal of the autonomy of the political.

Keywords:   fabulation, Deleuze, new earth, people, transversal unity, immanence

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