[D-G] Deleuze as aesthetician of lines?

Mark Crosby Crosby_M at rocketmail.com
Tue Mar 29 15:27:37 PST 2005

Search on Deleuze Melville brings up interesting, but
brief, Feb 28 2005 translation of 2002 _Magazine
Litteraire_ interview with Jacques Ranciere at
where Ranciere claims that Deleuze "fulfills the
destiny of what I call the 'aesthetic regime' of art,
a regime that wants to break with the representative
tradition... a regime in which this free will is
always bound to something like the weight of the
unconscious, of the passive, the involuntary... it
must be represented in its turn, allegorized, made
into a scene...Deleuze would supress all
representative traits in favour of material traits of
expression; but in reality, it is ultimately the
former which give their principle to the latter".

But, 'roger' comments on the above blog, "Is Deleuze's
work really concerned to fulfill the destiny of the
aesthetic, or does it simply unilaterally move, not to
the negation of representation, but to another
schematic altogether, composed of lines of escape,
passages, doublings, and bodies without organs"
(which, in answer to someone's question, are the
interactive subjectivities through which bodies with
organs play their tunes ;)

John S Ransom notes that in his book on Foucault,
Deleuze says: "thinking in terms of moving lines was
the process put forward by Herman Melville, and this
involved fishing lines and lines of descent which
could be dangerous, even fatal"... mark

and it looks like Mary Bryden has an article, "Deleuze
and Anglo-American Literature: Water, Wahles, and
Melville" in J.Khalfa (ed.) _An Introduction to the
Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze_ (London:
Athlone/Continuum, 2003) pp 105-113..

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