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Badiou and Deleuze Read Literature$
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Jean-Jacques Lecercle

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638000

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638000.001.0001

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Reading the Fantastic after Badiou and Deleuze

Reading the Fantastic after Badiou and Deleuze

(p.158) 6 Reading the Fantastic after Badiou and Deleuze
Badiou and Deleuze Read Literature

Jean-Jacques Lecercle

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter suggests that the French literary genre called le fantastique or gothic may well lend itself to the type of strong reading which Alain Badiou and Gilles Deleuze practised, explaining that this type of literature was blissfully ignored by these two philosophers. It argues that the gothic text may be an excellent candidate for the staging or capture of a Badiou-type event, and that it may also be the site of processes of becoming, of deterritorialisation and of minorisation which will be aptly accounted for in Deleuzian terms.

Keywords:   le fantastique, gothic text, strong reading, Alain Badiou, Gilles Deleuze

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