2008/12/05

when .... I first arrived...

the click of the schizophrenic cell
is not death



When I first arrived at La Borde one didn’t have the right to speak if one had not gone over Lacan with a fine tooth comb” (Gary Genosko, Felix Guattari: An Aberrant Introduction, 2).

Yet Yet
Yet Guattari’s relationship to Lacan was not simply a tangental one premised on arriving in an intellectual milieu heavily influenced by Lacan. No, Guattari himself did an analysis with Lacan as well as a training analysis with Lacan. Moreover, Guattari remained an active member of the Ecole freudienne de Paris [EFP], Lacan’s school, for his entire life. Finally, an examination of every reference to Lacan in Anti-Oedipus reveals, surprisingly, that they are uniformly positive. Indeed, throughout Anti-Oedipus Deleuze and Guattari make scattered positive references to


Seminars 16 and 17, drawing on them to develop their own concepts. By contrast, it is Lacan’s students that are invariably the target of their criticisms when the issue is one of criticizing Lacanian psychoanalysis (the target of their critique of psychoanalysis lies elsewhere, I believe, than Lacan, though Lacan does become an occasional target on certain theoretical points in A Thousand Plateaus and various independent essays).

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