Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Feminism
The schizoanalytic method and the lines of flight that it has inspired align with contemporary feminist concerns and practices in productive and revealing ways in this ground-breaking collection.
To address the relevance of schizoanalysis for contemporary developments in new materialism, affect theory, transnational feminism, political ontology, feminist critiques of globalization and capitalism, feminist pedagogy, and ethics, the overarching questions explored are: What can schizoanalysis do for feminist theory? What would a feminist schizoanalysis look like? Is it possible to perform a schizoanalysis of feminism? How do schizoanalytic-feminist alliances create new ways of understanding the future, sexuality and bodily transformation, political resistance, new subjectivities, and ethical relationships?
Highlighting the strength, richness, and diversity of feminist perspectives this collection shows how issues of re-conceiving desire, theorizing embodiment and materiality, interrogating the status of sexuality and difference, decentring feminist practice to be inclusive of transnational and de-colonial concerns, critiques of binary logic and gender, transversal politics, and the need for new political visions in light of advanced capitalism are all enhanced by this alliance.
“Sholtz and Carr's agressive feminist alliance with Deleuze and Guattari's schizoanalysis dares to engage intensively with many issues contemporary feminist scholars wish to confront including sexism and white privilege, the perceptibility and imperceptibility of women as subjects, the turn to materialism, the investments of desire and the restraints of epistemic, political, and sexual normativity, the positing of economic futures, as well as aesthetic, literary, and media transformations. In doing this it problematizes; it seeks out the unconscious cultural and individual resistances embedded in each of these situations and directly confronts the differences that are typically overlooked and which have undermined the creation of original if difficult solutions to feminist critiques. As such, it speaks the work of disruption, interrogation, deterritorialization, transformation, and praxis, always focused on the question of “what works?,” “what deoedipalizes?,” “what connects us to the cosmos?,” difficult questions critical to the task of forming an alliance with schizoanalysis.” —Dorothea E. Olkowski, Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado, USA
“Proving the formidable force of alliances – between Deleuze and Guattari, between Deleuze and Guattari and feminist thought, between editors, and between a broad spectrum of contributors and topics – Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Feminism makes me wonder if schizoanalysis could be the new wave of feminism.” —Frida Beckman, Professor of Comparative Literature, Stockholm University, Sweden