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Deleuze and Literature Conference


A Two-Day Conference Organised by the Centre for Research in Philosophy and Literature, University of Warwick

20th/21st March 2006


‘To write is certainly not to impose a form (of expression) on the matter of lived experience…Writing is a question of becoming, always incomplete, always in the midst of being formed, and goes beyond the matter of any liveable or lived experience. Writing is inseparable from becoming: in writing, one becomes-woman, becomes-animal or vegetable, becomes-molecule to the point of becoming-imperceptible.’ (Gilles Deleuze, ‘Literature and Life’)

Confirmed Speakers

Mary Bryden (Cardiff)

Daniel Smith (Purdue)

Anthony Uhlmann (Sydney)

Jeff Wallace (Glamorgan)

Claire Colebrook (Edinburgh)

James Williams (Dundee)

David Musselwhite (Essex)

Miguel de Beistegui (Warwick)


This two-day international conference will provide an opportunity to explore important aspects of Gilles Deleuze’s contribution to the contemporary philosophical understanding of literature. It will bring together many individuals working on a multiplicity of areas arising from Deleuze’s philosophical work on literature and literary texts, concentrating upon specific issues concerning philosophy’s relation to literary language, form and creativity. Topics include the role of literature as the production of what Deleuze terms ‘lines of flight’ and the creation of ‘visions and auditions’; Kafka and the notion of Minor Language; the vocation of literature; the relation between literature, life and becoming, and the creative pedagogy associated with literature. It is envisaged that a very broad range of literary authors will be discussed during this conference, including Chuang Tzu, Franz Kafka, Antonin Artaud, Marcel Proust, Samuel Beckett, Sacher-Masoch, Charles Peguy, Herman Melville, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Walt Whitman, D.H. Lawrence, T.E. Lawrence, Witold Gombrowicz, H.P. Lovecraft, Maurice Blanchot and Haruki Murakami.

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