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Deleuze and Guattari's Anti-Oedipus: Introduction to Schizoanalysis [Paperback]

Eugene W. Holland
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July 29, 1999 0415113199 978-0415113199 1

Eugene W. Holland provides an excellent introduction to Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's Anti-Oedipus which is widely recognized as one of the most influential texts in philosophy to have appeared in the last thirty years.

He lucidly presents the theoretical concerns behind Anti-Oedipus and explores with clarity the diverse influences of Marx, Freud, Nietzsche and Kant on the development of Deleuze & Guattari's thinking. He also examines the wider implications of their work in revitalizing Marxism, environmentalism, feminism and cultural studies.

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'Holland's introduction ... is suitable both for those who are reluctant to begin Anti-Oedipus due to its notorious reputation for complexity, and for those who are, even after four hundred pages of reading, not certain of its key concept. Holland states that his aim will have been achieved if readers want to turn to Anti-Oedipus after reading his introduction ... [if so] the book has admirably reached its aim not only at the end of the book but also at the end of every chapter.' - Psychoanalytical Studies

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (July 29, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415113199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415113199
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) was professor of philosophy at the University of Paris, Vincennes-St. Denis. He coauthored Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus with Félix Guattari. These works, as well as Cinema 1, Cinema 2, The Fold, Proust and Signs, and others, are published in English by Minnesota.

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars consider it a gift May 16, 2001
anti-oedipus is one bear of a book. i have wrestled with it numerous times, only to repeatedly concede defeat somewhere around page one fifty. it was about then that i would realize i was in over my head, my knowledge of lacan and klein (and even freud to some extent) too narrow to be able to grasp its deeper significance. for one must have a sound knowledge of psychoanalysis to understand why the oedipus is something that merits a good fight. nevertheless, this book continued to fascinate, with its staggering range of knowledge and peculiar prose style calling me back time and again over the past few years. i could not leave a bookstore without passing a few moments away in the philosophy section, in hopes of finding something to assist in my study. i made an attempt with brian massumi's "a user's guide," but was left a little disappointed, finding it to be almost as difficult as anti-oedipus itself. thankfully, eugene holland's "an introduction" has proved a perfect fit. he has performed a great service to readers such as myself (i know that you're out there, somewhere) by walking one through step by step, with brief interludes explicating those thinkers who influenced the writing of anti-oedipus (such as spinoza and bataille), and illustrating each of it key concepts in relation to the revolutionary praxis it demands. he is the consumate teacher here, demanding but patient. for these are difficult ideas for the uninitiated, but with persistance this book should open up the thinking of deleuze and guatarri for any thoughtful reader. now that i have read it, i am looking forward to giving massumi's book another try, as well as another go around with the bear itself.
thank you mr. holland for this great gift.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book saved my life... December 30, 2005
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...well not really, but it did help make the hours and hours and hours I spent reading Anti-Oedipus a much more fullfilling, meaningful experience, and for that, I am extremely grateful.

Listen, swallow your pride, even if you do make it all the way through Anti-Oedipus without any help, you are in all likelyhood doing yourself a disservice; there are so many elements at work, that unless you are a genius, and read multitudes of books, you are a not going to get everything you could out of the book.

For instance, have you read Difference and Repeition by Guattari? How about Masochism: An Interpretation of Coldness and Cruelty also by Guattari? Because the themes and points made in those books are used in Anti-Oedipus, and, as the author Eugene W. Holland says, it is taken for granted you already know that stuff.

I read a lot to prepare for Anti-Oedipus, but it is practically impossible to have read and comprehended everything that is used by Deleuze and Guattari. For instance you must know Freud cold (especially Oedipus, the death instinct, and stuff on the drives), Lacan, the anti psychiatrists like R.D.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars delivers what it promises March 9, 2004
I tried unsuccessfully to read Anti-Oedipus last year. I was baffled and felt completley out of my depth. About a month ago I decided to start reading "towards" this text again, based on the unfamiliar references from my last attempt. So, I have read some secondary liturature on Freud, reread Neitzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, brushed up on Marx and Foucault, and am about to start Dor's introduction to Lacan. Also, I am simultaineously reading this book, and Massumi's users guide. This process is working well for me, and I am begining to understand? whats going on in Anti-Oedipus. Hollands book is challenging, but it does provide a strong foundation to walk across while approaching the primary text. One of the best introductions I have come across.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This guy is good November 28, 2005
Back in the early 90s when I wrote an MA thesis and wanted to use concepts like "deterritorialization" there were absolutely NO good commentaries on D&G in English (Massumi's "users guide" is great, but it is no users guide). Things have changed, and Holland's book is one of the best commentaries around. And it is specifically on their least accessible of the "Capitalism and Schizophrenia" series.

Oh yeah, and great cover too!
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