• “You cannot go further in life than this sentence by James": Deleuze, Guattari, James.

    Shawna Ross (see profile)
    Literature, Modern
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    Meeting Title:
    Henry James in Theory: Ethics, Narrative, Style
    Meeting Org.:
    Modern Language Association
    Meeting Loc.:
    Los Angeles, CA
    Meeting Date:
    January 2011
    Henry James, Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, Literary theory, Modern literature
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    Twenty-first century scholarship on Henry James presents an author in line with Deleuze's characterization of the writer in Dialogues II: that a writer should create “a flux which combines with other fluxes – all the minority-becomings of the world... through which life escapes from the resentment of persons, societies, and reigns,” but what I would like to add to these readings is a reason why James resonates with the two theorists: because it is not through the relative limits of capitalism and schizophrenia, but through the labyrinthine abstractions of Jamesian style that Deleuze and Guattari learn to enunciate absolute deterritorialization. My argument will proceed in two parts: first, a straightforward genealogy of the portrait of James as an abstraction-machine in Deleuzo-Guattarian thought, and second, a closer look at their use of James' Daisy Miller and In the Cage meant less as readings of the novellas than as an account of Deleuze and Guattari's use for Jamesian style as a provocation to confront the limits of interpretation, affirm the productivity of repetition and translation.
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