Beyond Sexuality: Of Love, Failure and Revolutions

Aislinn O'Donnell

in Deleuze and Sex

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748642618
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671755 | DOI:
Beyond Sexuality: Of Love, Failure and Revolutions

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This chapter explores sexuality as it may be expressed through the relationship between desire and joy and failure. In meetings between the joyful creativity of desire and the failures of the world to keep together, O'Donnell locates a possibility of wrestling sexuality from its familiar meanings and practices and recognising in it a capacity to open us up to joy as well as crisis in situations of new, subterranean forms of community as well as of war and death. Drawing our attention to the sentience of bodies in crisis – in prison, in illness or in dying – O'Donnell brings out physical dimensions of desire that are not Oedipalised. Reading Walt Whitman and Herman Melville in terms of the creative sensibility opened up through camaraderie but also through failure and destruction, this chapter reveals an eroticism that, in the face of depersonification and fragmentation, emerges as receptivity and singularity.

Chapter.  9582 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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