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Deleuze and History$
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Jeffrey Bell and Claire Colebrook

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748636082

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636082.001.0001

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Is Anti-Oedipus a May ′68 book?

Is Anti-Oedipus a May ′68 book?

(p.206) Chapter 10 Is Anti-Oedipus a May ′68 book?
Deleuze and History
Jeffrey A. Bell, Claire Colebrook
Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores if Anti-Oedipus is a May '68 book. It is legitimate to say Anti-Oedipus is a May '68 book providing it is understood that Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari were not ‘soixante-huitards’ or May '68ers, and that their view of those events was quite different from the students and workers who put up barricades in the streets and tore up pavements in search of the beach underneath. Deleuze and Guattari argue that it was precisely the example of Algeria that makes it clear that politics cannot be reduced to an Oedipal struggle. The principal thesis of Anti-Oedipus is that revolution is not primarily or even necessarily a matter of taking power. Thus, it is appropriately described as a May '68 book.

Keywords:   Anti-Oedipus, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, power, Oedipal struggle, Algeria, May '68ers, soixante-huitards, politics, revolution

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