The Wasp and the Orchid: On Multiplicities and Becomology

Anne Sauvagnargues

conference: DARE 2017: aberrant nuptials
date: November 21, 2017
venue: Orpheus Institute, Concert Hall
format: keynote
practice: transversal
keywords: nuptial, queer/ing

abstract about the author(s)


Between the first and the second versions of Deleuze’s Proust, the encounter of a wasp and an orchid in Proust’s novel À la recherche du temps perdu operates as a fragment, both literary and ethological. This fragment shows its power of fragmentation, implying the epistemological fecundity of homosexuality, as a new counter model to reproduction and imitation. Therefore, becoming, for both art and sexuality, implies a new philosophical understanding of multiplicities, as I tried to explain in Deleuze: L’Empirisime transcendantal (2010), focusing on the political turn, which was made possible by this model of queer sexuality.

about the author(s)

Anne Sauvagnargues

Anne Sauvagnargues is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense. A specialist in aesthetics and the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, she co-directs the collection “Lignes d’art” with Fabienne Brugère for Presses Universitaires de France. She is the author of numerous works, including Deleuze and Art (Bloomsbury 2013), Artmachines: Deleuze, Guattari, Simondon (Edinburgh University Press 2016), and Deleuze: L’empirisme transcendental (Presses universitaires de France 2010, forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press).

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University Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (Paris 10), FR


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