[csaa-forum] FW: UQ Charles Stivale seminar - 12 July

Peta Mitchell peta.mitchell at uq.edu.au
Fri Jul 8 16:22:01 CST 2005

Tuesday 12 July 1.00-2.00pm
Centre for Critical & Cultural Studies
Seminar Room, Forgan Smith Tower, St. Lucia Campus
>From Zigzag to Affect, and Back: Creation, Life and Friendship
Professor Charles Stivale

As readers of Deleuze and Guattari's What Is Philosophy? are quite aware,
creation in science and art as well as in philosophy is situated as a
corollary of the affirmation of life already evident more generally in
Deleuze's thinking on literature, teaching, and thought. By considering the
role of creativity established by Deleuze in relation to neurology and the
brain (developed briefly in L'Abécédaire de Gilles Deleuze and Negotiations,
and more fully with Guattari in What Is Philosophy?), I propose to discuss
how Deleuze links the creative processes - literary, pedagogical, and
neurological - to affect precisely through the many folds that these vital
processes demand of creators, individually as well as collectively. Drawing
on selected video clips from the Abécédaire, I will argue that these
processes engage questions of the fold, the power of the impersonal, and the
"thisness" of the event that Deleuze and Guattari call heccéités, and
thereby intersect with the emanation of signs and madness that Deleuze
associates with friendship. Deleuze's affection for the zigzag, the
lightning bolt of creation, constitutes the very concept of the "in-between"
juxtaposing art to life, and the friend to creativity.

About the Presenter:
Charles Stivale is a Professor in Romance Languages at the College of
Liberal Arts, Wayne State University.  His research has focused
predominantly on literary and cultural topics within 19th and 20th century
French Studies.  Besides articles on authors and works in these two
centuries, Professor Stivale has published books on the French political
writer Jules Valles (1988), the French novelist Stendhal (1989), on the
short stories of Guy de Maupassant (1994), on the collaborative works of
Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari (1998), and on identity and authenticity
in Cajun music and dance (2003).

Vicky McNicol
School of English, Media Studies & Art History
University of Queensland
CRICOS Provider No: 00025B
Tel: (07) 3365 1412
Fax: (07) 3365 2799
Email: v.mcnicol at uq.edu.au

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