Is <i>Anti-Oedipus</i> a May ′68 book?

Edited by Jeffrey A. Bell and Claire Colebrook

in Deleuze and History

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780748636082
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671748 | DOI:
Is Anti-Oedipus a May ′68 book?

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This chapter explores if Anti-Oedipus is a May '68 book. It is legitimate to say Anti-Oedipus is a May '68 book providing it is understood that Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari were not ‘soixante-huitards’ or May '68ers, and that their view of those events was quite different from the students and workers who put up barricades in the streets and tore up pavements in search of the beach underneath. Deleuze and Guattari argue that it was precisely the example of Algeria that makes it clear that politics cannot be reduced to an Oedipal struggle. The principal thesis of Anti-Oedipus is that revolution is not primarily or even necessarily a matter of taking power. Thus, it is appropriately described as a May '68 book.

Keywords: Anti-Oedipus; Gilles Deleuze; Félix Guattari; power; Oedipal struggle; Algeria; May '68ers; soixante-huitards; politics; revolution

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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