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Between Desire and PleasureA Deleuzian Theory of Sexuality$
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Frida Beckman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748645923

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748645923.001.0001

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Becoming-Animal and the Posthuman Orgasm

Becoming-Animal and the Posthuman Orgasm

(p.120) 6 Becoming-Animal and the Posthuman Orgasm
Between Desire and Pleasure

Frida Beckman

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 6 notes how both the concept of sexuality and the concept of the animal have been employed to construct distinctly human subjectivities. This constitutes one reason why Deleuze rejects these notions in favour of desire and becoming- animal. The chapter looks specifically at how his and Guattari’s notion of becoming- animal may help develop an understanding of a nonhuman orgasm. The possibilities, as well as the problems, of combining discussions of sexuality with ‘real’ animals is compared to ways in which becoming- animal of sexuality can break up Deleuze’s own deadlock positioning of the orgasm as speaking to an economy of lack. The chapter shows that while the economy of sexual pleasure that he rejects can be compared to the economy of domesticated animals, there is also the possibility of another, demonic pleasure and orgasm which corresponds rather to his and Guattari’s understanding of packs, rhythms and territoriality.

Keywords:   Becoming-animal, Nonhuman, Posthuman, Biopolitics, Domestication, Packs

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