Breaking Up with Deleuze: Desire and Valuing the Irreconcilable

Sep. 10, 2010

Source: International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Volume 23, Issue 5 (September 2010), pages 635 – 650.

In the current article, the author grapples with Gilles Deleuze's conceptualization of desire, finding it simultaneously generative and unsatisfying.

The author recognizes that Deleuze will not 'say' that desire is smart, and constitutes expertise, therefore she reasons that she should break up with Deleuze.

The article is organized into several break-up rituals. In each of the rituals, the author works to understand, interrogate, expand, and extend conceptualizations of desire. In these ways, an articulation of what it means to value the irreconcilable is presented.

Updated: Mar. 02, 2011