On Deleuze and Guattari, language, and politics after Mexico City’s 1968

My recent post on Becoming Poor from our reading group around Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus. I also posted about this reading group here.

Becoming Poor

I am working through the following paragraphs for my dissertation, ‘Between Repression and Heroism: Young People’s Politics in Mexico City After 1968‘ (more here). I should note that my reading of Deleuze and Guattari on language in A Thousand Plateaus is influenced in part by a 2010 reading group (with Austin Kocher) around Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature.

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Deleuze and Guattari (1987, 81) write, “History will never be rid of dates.” This reveals, for them, history’s effectuation of redundancy in society. “Real history undoubtedly recounts the actions and passions of the bodies that develop in a social field; it communicates them in a certain fashion; but it also transmits order-words, pure acts intercalated into that development” (ibid). This transmission of order-words through language in the wake of Mexico City’s 1968 – not just in histories but through literature, film, visual art; in the statements…

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About nicholasjoncrane

Assistant Professor of Geography at University of Wyoming
This entry was posted in Aesthetics, Art Practices, and Politics, History, Historiography, Memory, Mexico, Young People, Politics, Youth Culture. Bookmark the permalink.

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