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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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(Hetero)sexing the Child: Hans, Alice and the Repressive Hypothesis

(Hetero)sexing the Child: Hans, Alice and the Repressive Hypothesis

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(p.117) Chapter 6 (Hetero)sexing the Child: Hans, Alice and the Repressive Hypothesis
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Deleuze and Sex
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Catherine Driscoll

Carina Garland

Catherine Driscoll

Anna Hickey-Moody

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642618.003.0007

This chapter investigates the relationships and tensions between Freud's, Foucault's and Deleuze's understandings of children's sexuality. There is some inconsistency, they argue, between how Deleuze writes about children and sexuality in The Logic of Sense and how he approaches the same topics with Guattari in their Capitalism and Schizophrenia texts. Looking particularly into how this ambiguous relation to psychoanalysis informs his writings about the characters of Freud's Little Hans and Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, the authors suggest that Deleuze's understanding of children and sexuality is marked by unsettled gender trouble as well as an unresolved involvement in Oedipal theories.

Keywords:   Children, Psychoanalysis, Little Hans, Alice in Wonderland

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