Butterfly Kiss: The Contagious Kiss of Becoming-Lesbian

Chrysanthi Nigianni

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:
Butterfly Kiss: The Contagious Kiss of Becoming-Lesbian

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This chapter examines lesbianism through a schizoanalytic framework. It explains the schizoanalytic thinking that conceives of lesbianism as becoming-lesbian, a schizophrenic process which constitutes a rupture and break-through that shatters the continuity of personality and takes it on a kind of trip through ‘more reality’. The chapter argues for a schizophrenic lesbian desire that violates strict definitions and exceeds linguistic meaning and signifiers, and discusses the views of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari concerning schizophrenia and the relation between science and philosophy.

Keywords: lesbianism; schizoanalytic framework; becoming-lesbian; personality; lesbian desire; Gilles Deleuze; Felix Guattari; schizophrenia; science; philosophy

Chapter.  5568 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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