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Deleuze and Sex$
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Frida Beckman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748642618

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642618.001.0001

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Beyond Sexuality: Of Love, Failure and Revolutions

Beyond Sexuality: Of Love, Failure and Revolutions

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(p.217) Chapter 11 Beyond Sexuality: Of Love, Failure and Revolutions
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Deleuze and Sex
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Aislinn O'Donnell

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642618.003.0012

This chapter explores sexuality as it may be expressed through the relationship between desire and joy and failure. In meetings between the joyful creativity of desire and the failures of the world to keep together, O'Donnell locates a possibility of wrestling sexuality from its familiar meanings and practices and recognising in it a capacity to open us up to joy as well as crisis in situations of new, subterranean forms of community as well as of war and death. Drawing our attention to the sentience of bodies in crisis – in prison, in illness or in dying – O'Donnell brings out physical dimensions of desire that are not Oedipalised. Reading Walt Whitman and Herman Melville in terms of the creative sensibility opened up through camaraderie but also through failure and destruction, this chapter reveals an eroticism that, in the face of depersonification and fragmentation, emerges as receptivity and singularity.

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