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Making A Body without Organs: Amélie Nothomb’s An-Organic Flux of Immanence

Amaleena Damlé

in The Becoming of the Body

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2014 | ISBN: 9780748668212
Published online January 2015 | e-ISBN: 9781474400923 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748668212.003.0003

Series: Crosscurrents EUP

Making A Body without Organs: Amélie Nothomb’s An-Organic Flux of Immanence

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This chapter explores hunger and the anorexic body in Amélie Nothomb’s autofictional work. It analyses relations between hunger, desire and pleasure, sensation and immanence, investigates the making of a Deleuzian Body without Organs through the dematerialisating structures of anorexia, and opens out the possibility of the rematerialisation of the body alongside literary experimentation with corporeality. The chapter shows how Nothomb’s work both resonates with and reorients Deleuze’s thinking, with particular regard to notions of molarity, to the politics of beauty and illness, to experiments with body and art, and to the location of the limit.

Keywords: Anorexia; Autofiction; Becoming; Body without Organs; Deleuze, Gilles; Desire; Hunger; Immanence; Nothomb, Amélie; Sensation

Chapter.  13439 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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