Seán Molloy (Edinburgh)

Deleuze and Fanon: Could be an interesting dialogue. The problem, and it may be insurmountable, is that I suspect that Deleuze would consider Fanon as shot through with ressentiment and that his project would be a fascist line of flight, compromised by its toxicity and merely affirming the darker elements of that which it opposes.  I’ve only ever dipped in and out of the Wretched of the Earth, but I suspect that his work would be susceptible to that kind of Deleuzian analysis.

Deleuze, and certainly Guattari, would probably be more at home with the Zapatistas. I’ve read a fair bit of the bould Subcommandante and there are clear resemblances to D&G in style and content.

Finally, I am not sure that Deleuze, or Deleuze and Guattari would be comfortable with postcolonialism as an ism.

Just some very preliminary thoughts.


One Response

  1. Hi Sean

    In case you haven’t come across this. I agree the Fanon thing could be a prob from a Deleuzian position, but it’s early doors and I don’t think anyone is locked in yet. the project will evolve as we get a better handle on things.


    Parliamentary Affairs Vol. 59 No. 1, 2006, 138–154
    Advance Access Publication 7 October 2005
    ‘Not in my Name’: Deleuze, Zapatismo and the
    Critique of Representation1

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