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In Search of a New Image of ThoughtGilles Deleuze and Philosophical Expressionism$
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Gregg Lambert

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816678020

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816678020.001.0001

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A Minor Question of Literature, Or the Bachelor Machine (Ca. 1975)

A Minor Question of Literature, Or the Bachelor Machine (Ca. 1975)

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(p.87) 4 A Minor Question of Literature, Or the Bachelor Machine (Ca. 1975)
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In Search of a New Image of Thought
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Gregg Lambert

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816678020.003.0005

This chapter discusses the relationship between the writer and a people under the assumption of a “minor literature.” Consider the writer as a “solitary bachelor”—one that could be likened to Proust’s narrator multiplicity, which in turn produces a collective assemblage of enunciation, i.e. literature. Deleuze and Guattari deny the individuality of the writer, by positing that the writer is a “bachelor” in subjective terms, but is objectively part of the collective assemblage. Within this context Deleuze and Guattari define minor literature as the state of the literary machine in which the more singular the writer’s expression becomes, the more the relationship between the writer and a people (in this case always meaning a virtual people) will become an intensive zone of mutual becoming, particularly in the way that new literary statements are sometimes taken up to express new possibilities of collective enunciation.

Keywords:   minor literature, collective assemblage of enunciation, literary machine, Deleuze, Guattari

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