12.10.2011 - Dramatizing the Political: Deleuze and Guattari - Iain Mackenzie & Robert Porter (Palgrave Macmillan, Uk)

Publication Date: 12.10.2011
The method of dramatization has received scant attention in the literature on Deleuze and Guattari. This book offers a new reading of this method and provides an interpretation of the role it plays across a wide range of their co-authored texts. It is also argued throughout that dramatization can and should be seen as a distinct and compelling method in political studies. Moreover, putting this method to work in the analysis of contemporary cultural and political forms establishes a new relationship between political studies and the world of art. In establishing this relationship, the book addresses and responds to the criticisms of Deleuze and Guattari's work made by, amongst others, Ranciere and Badiou. The outcome of this engagement is that Deleuze and Guattari's contribution to political theory is understood within a new framework: one that forges a methodological link between the political, art and events. It is concluded that political theory, to realize the artistry of its method, must become an event.

Situating Deleuze and Guattari and Political Theory
Dramatization as Critical Method
Dramatization: The Ontological Claims
Language and the Method of Dramatization
Cinema and the Method of Dramatization 
Events and the Method of Dramatization

ROBERT PORTER teaches Cultural and Political Theory at University of Ulster, UK. He is the author of Ideology: Contemporary Social, Political and Cultural Theory (2006), Deleuze and Guattari: Aesthetics and Politics (2009) and co-editor (with Iain Mackenzie and Benoît Dillet) of The Edinburgh Companion to Poststructuralism (forthcoming).
IAIN MACKENZIE is a Lecturer in Political Thought at the University of Kent, UK. He is the author of Politics: Key Concepts in Philosophy (2009), The Idea of Pure Critique (2004) and co-editor (with Robert Porter and Benoît Dillet) of The Edinburgh Companion to Poststructuralism (forthcoming).

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