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This is an excellent introduction to the writing and thinking of Gilles Deleuze. Claire Colebrook presents what are often complex ideas in an eminently readable manner. Not only are key Deleuzian tendencies explained and exemplified with rigour and clarity, but also Deleuze is set into an appropriately wide context which embraces philosophy, literature, film, politics, feminism and other related areas. Moreover, a skilful selection of signposts and pointers for further study is supplied.
– Mary Bryden, University of Reading

This book is that rare thing, an introduction to the work of a complex thinker that actually does what it is supposed to do: it shows you how to use Deleuze's thought to do new things. Students will find this to be an excellent starting point.
–Ian Buchanan, University of Tasmania

A remarkably lucid and insightful overview of the thought of Gilles Deleuze, especially successful in drawing out the implications of Deleuze's philosophy for literary analysis. Readers new to Deleuze will find in this volume a friendly and reliable guide.
–Ronald Bogue, University of Georgia

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Claire Colebook is Professor of English at Penn State Univesity.

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  • File Size: 371 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0415246334
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  • Publisher: Routledge (September 6, 2001)
  • Publication Date: September 6, 2001
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FA5YU6
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is an extraodinary book: an astonishingly lucid and well-organized introduction to Deleuze's philosophical project. Most of the secondary literature on Deleuze is simply unhelpful, because it presumes that the reader already grasps Deleuze's tremendously difficult ontological project and terminology. Colebrook begins at the begining, taking the time to explain and define key terms (the virtual, singularity, intensity, affect, becoming, immanence, etc.) and offers rich illustrations of these concepts via literature and film. Indeed, it seems to me that Colebrook understands these terms and their relationships to one another much better than do most of Deleuze's interpreters, who often throw around these terms without either explaining them or seeming to understand them. Other books on Deleuze (e.g., Ronald Bogue's Deleuze and Guattari) proceed book-by-book through Deleuze's career. But Deleuze's thought does not develop chronologically. Rather, throughout his career, Deleuze deployed many of the same concepts in different contexts. Colebrook focuses on these key concepts, which should help the reader through almost any one of Deleuze's texts. There are certainly wonderful high-level explorations of Deleuze's work (e.g., Brian Massumi's User's Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia) and very helpful introductions to single works (e.g., Eugene Holland's Deleuze and Guattari's Anti-Oedipus). But this is surely the finest, most astute, accessible and concise introduction to Deleuze's basic philosophical view.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2002
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This is an extraodinary book: an astonishingly lucid and well-organized introduction to Deleuze's philosophical project. Most of the secondary literature on Deleuze is simply unhelpful, because it presumes that the reader already grasps Deleuze's tremendously difficult ontological project and terminology. Colebrook begins at the begining, taking the time to explain and define key terms (the virtual, singularity, intensity, affect, becoming, immanence, etc.) and offers rich illustrations of these concepts via literature and film. Indeed, it seems to me that Colebrook understands these terms and their relationships to one another much better than do most of Deleuze's interpreters, who often throw around these terms without either explaining them or seeming to understand them. Other books on Deleuze (e.g., Ronald Bogue's Deleuze and Guattari) proceed book-by-book through Deleuze's career. But Deleuze's thought does not develop chronologically. Rather, throughout his career, Deleuze deployed many of the same concepts in different contexts. Colebrook focuses on these key concepts, which should help the reader through almost any one of Deleuze's texts. There are certainly wonderful high-level explorations of Deleuze's work (e.g., Brian Massumi's User's Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia) and very helpful introductions to single works (e.g., Eugene Holland's Deleuze and Guattari's Anti-Oedipus). But this is surely the finest, most astute, accessible and concise introduction to Deleuze's basic philosophical view.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Verheijen on August 3, 2006
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Colebrook's contibution to understanding Gilles Deleuze's thinking is especially of interest to anybody starting the study of Deleuze's and Guattari's philosophy. Their philosophy is very hard to grasp, if that is possible at all, by just starting with their original works. I am very greatful to Claire Colebrook and others for "lifting the lawn".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian C. on February 2, 2012
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I was hesitant about this book before I read it primarily for two reasons. The first was that I knew Claire Colebrook was largely interested in what might broadly be termed Gilles Deleuze's aesthetics (his theories of literature and film in particular) which is not the aspect of Deleuze that I am most interested in. I am a graduate student in philosophy and my interests are primarily ontological and metaphysical so I was worried that this text might not be terribly relevant to my interests. The second was that I have found it has often worked better for me when I am dealing with a difficult philosopher to simply dive right into the deep end and try to learn to swim that way rather than easing myself in through introductory texts. I have often found that the introductory texts do not make a whole lot of sense unless you have at least some experience reading the philosopher first hand.

In regard to my first concern I was pleasantly surprised by Claire Colebrook's book. She does spend a fair amount of time analyzing Deleuze's theories of literature and film, however, she also spends a great deal of time elucidating Deleuze the philosopher, and even her discussions of his theories of literature and film often had important philosophical implications and were interesting in their own right. I really thought the entire book was very interesting.

In regard to my second concern Claire Colebrook's book has transformed my philosophy to some degree. I have tried to learn Deleuze the hard way on my own in the past by simply diving into his texts and have never made much progress. I am now involved in a graduate seminar/independent study on Deleuze and I found Claire Colebrook's book to be extremely helpful in giving me some ground to stand on when approaching Deleuze's texts.
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