Land and Alliez on ‘The Guattari Effect’
There was plenty of interest in this paper, but one thing that I fancied mentioning in this medium, given that I’ve commented previously here on Nick Land’s recently published collected writings, is the discrepancy between Land’s
and Alliez’s assessments
of the impact of Félix Guattari’s interventions on the trajectory of Deleuze’s thought.
Land, as I’ve notedbefore, claims that Deleuze’s work affirms a ‘reptilian’ time quite out of joint with the Parisian context of its articulation, a context to which Guattari’s anti-/post-Lacanian Lacanianism still finds itself bound.
As such, it is from Deleuze that the vitality (if we can use this term in the context of Land’s ‘thanatotropism’) of the Deleuze-Guattari coupling comes; it is Deleuze who’s work again and again tries to summon the creative force of ‘deterritorialisation’.
These accounts of the Deleuze-Guattari complex seem to agree to some extent on the central value of Deleuze and Guattari’s work being its emphasis on experimentation and creative in thinking (with extremely different conceptions of experimentation and creative, however), and yet they disagree in a fairly straightforward fashion regarding the importance of Guattari’s impact. (Perhaps this disagreement might be related to their different understandings of this creative power of Deleuze and Guattari’s work.)I don’t want to venture a contribution of my own here, so much as to draw attention to this issue of Guattari’s influence on Deleuze as a still very fertile and, despite frequent cursory mentions, not often thoroughly enough explored aspect of scholarship on these thinkers’ work (both individual and collaborative). For this reason, I’m looking forward to the forthcoming publication of Alliez and Andrew Goffey’s edited collection, The Guattari Effect (Continuum). This volume promises to provide further exploration of the impact (widespread but as yet still all too covert) of Guattari’s work. With any luck this will include a fair bit of discussion of Guattari’s impact on Deleuze.