Thirty-six Thousand Forms of Love: The Queering of Deleuze and Guattari

Verena Andermatt Conley

in Deleuze and Queer Theory

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780748634040
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652563 | DOI:
Thirty-six Thousand Forms of Love: The Queering of Deleuze and Guattari

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This chapter analyses the queering of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. It explains that in the writings of Deleuze and Guattari, the question of homosexuality as queering, as becoming and as an ongoing differing of difference is raised. Deleuze openly discussed queering when he wrote about his desire to impregnate state philosophers by way of anal penetration, while Guattari discussed homosexuals engaged in non-genealogical, monstrous becomings. The chapter suggests that Deleuze and Guattari's queerings function at the level of singularity and collectivity, of aesthetics and ethics, and that they believed that an aesthetic queering of singularities is accompanied by temporary manifestations of militantism which would help transform society.

Keywords: queering; Gilles Deleuze; Felix Guattari; homosexuality; differing of difference; anal penetration; militantism; society

Chapter.  5612 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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