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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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The Cannibal Within: White Men and the Embodiment of Evolutionary Time

The Cannibal Within: White Men and the Embodiment of Evolutionary Time

(p.121) Chapter 6 The Cannibal Within: White Men and the Embodiment of Evolutionary Time
Deleuze and History
Jeffrey A. Bell, Claire Colebrook
Edinburgh University Press

This chapter proposes to re-evaluate ‘becoming’ as a political strategy intended to destablise patriarchal and capitalistic structures of domination. It also uses Gilles Deleuze's and Félix Guattari's notion of the rhizomatic character of all identities to investigate the relation between masculine self and cannibal other, while simultaneously using their concepts to reconstruct the history of becoming. It then illustrates the rhizomatic character of hegemonic white male masculinity and engages in the kind of feminist intellectual project Elspeth Probyn and Elizabeth Grosz called for, the project of ‘making queer all sexualities’. Deleuze and Guattari regard violence as an inherent part of the creation of both tribal and despotic societies. Violence was perceived to be an inherent part of a ‘normal’ and ‘healthy’ male sexuality. Several aspects of Deleuze and Guattari's denial of the possibility of ‘becoming-man’ are finally emphasized.

Keywords:   becoming, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, white male, masculinity, violence, Elspeth Probyn, Elizabeth Grosz, sexuality

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