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Unnatural Alliances

Patricia MacCormack

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634040.003.0008
Unnatural Alliances

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This chapter addresses the question of how to negotiate Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's concept of becoming-animal beyond its metaphoric value in relation to queer theory. It examines what risks and which ethics are foregrounded that make becoming-animal an important political project, and speculates on how the ‘humanimal’ desire is manifested. While many feminists, particularly Luce Irigaray, see the bifurcation between man and woman as the most obvious and deterministic binary, this chapter argues that that which divides man from animal encompasses a far wider colonisation of life through discourse.

Keywords: becoming-animal; Gilles Deleuze; Felix Guattari; queer theory; ethics; Luce Irigaray; man and woman; deterministic binary

Chapter.  6455 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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