In the opening section of When Species Meet, Donna Haraway writes that she had hoped to find an ally in Deleuze and Guattari, but instead found an enemy. She expected to find support for her own dark nuptials project (i.e., her companion species project) in their work because, as she puts it, their thinking “works so hard to get beyond the Great Divide between humans and other critters to find the rich multiplicities and topologies of a heterogeneously and nontelelogically connected world.” Instead she found nothing but “scorn for all that is mundane and ordinary and the profound absence of curiosity about or respect for and with actual animals.” And though she readily acknowledges that Deleuze and Guattari never intended to write a “biological treatise” about “actual animals,” she cannot get past their “scorn for the homely and the ordinary.” She goes on to say “I am not sure I can find in philosophy a clearer display of misogyny, fear of aging, incuriosity about animals, and horror of the ordinariness of the flesh.” To which I’m tempted to reply I cannot think of a clearer display of wilful misreading anywhere in contemporary philosophy! In any case, reading Haraway on Deleuze sets the stage perfectly for an interrogation of the concept of becoming and the dark nuptials that set it in motion.
about the author(s)
Ian Buchanan is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He is the founding editor of the Deleuze Studies journal and the author of the Oxford Dictionary of Critical Theory, as well as the editor of four book series: Deleuze Connections (EUP), Critical Connections, Plateaus (EUP), and Deleuze Encounters (Continuum).
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University of Wollongong, AU
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