The Status of Animality in Deleuze’s Thought
Beaulieu (Alain)
Source: Journal for Critical Animal Studies, Volume IX, Issue 1/2, 2011
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Author's Introduction

  1. Animals are omnipresent in Deleuze‘s work, and throughout Deleuze and Guattari‘s common body of work: the tick‘s world, the assemblage (agencement) of the wasp and orchid, the spider‘s prehension of the fly, the cat who knows better than the human how to die, the multiplicity of the wolf, the affects of Little Hans‘ horse, spiny lobsters‘ nomadism and bird-artists. Insects, mammals, crustaceans and birds are such an integral part of Deleuzian and Deleuzo-Guattarian thought that these thinkers even created a concept in these animals‘ honor: the becoming-animal.
  2. It is well known that this exploration of animality invites a de-anthropomorphization of the relationships between humans and animals in favor of an undomesticated type of relationship. Deleuze makes some very sarcastic remarks about domesticated animals, such as the dog whose barking warns her master of the approaching stranger or the “rubbing” of the cat who over-demonstrates his familiarity. Both Deleuze and Guattari seem to prefer wild animals. However, as we will see, it is not that simple.


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