The sheer volume and complexity of Deleuze and Guattari's A Thousand Plateaus can be daunting. What is an assemblage? What is a rhizome? What is a war machine? What is a body without organs? What is becoming-animal? Using clear language and numerous examples, each chapter of this guide analyses an individual plateau and examines the tendencies toward both stasis and change for each assemblage found there – be it social, political, psychological, musical, biological or linguistic. ; Using clear language and numerous examples, each chapter of this guide analyses an individual plateau from Deleuze and Guattari's A Thousand Plateaus, interpreting the work for students and scholars. ; Acknowledgments; Introduction: A Perceptual Semiotics; 1. Rhizome; 2. 1914: One or Several Wolves?; 3. 10,000 B.C.: The Geology of Morals; 4. November 20, 1923: Postulates of Linguistics; 5. 587 B.C. – A.D. 70: On Several Regimes of Signs; 6. November 28, 1947: How Do You Make Yourself a Body Without Organs?; 7. Year Zero: Faciality; 8. 1874: Three Novellas, or ‘What Happened?’; 9. 1933: Micropolitics and Segmentarity; 10. 1730: Becoming-Intense, Becoming-Animal, Becoming-Imperceptible…; 11. 1837: Of the Refrain; 12. 1227: Treatise on Nomadology – The War Machine; 13. 7000 B.C.: Apparatus of Capture; 14. 1440: The Smooth and the Striated; Conclusion: The Ethics of Becoming; Suggestions for Further Reading; Bibliography.
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Brent Adkins has provided a great service to scholars, teachers and students with this very clear, precise, and insightful work. I will definitely use it in my courses and have every reason to recommend it to other teachers as well as to professionals looking for an overview of Deleuze and Guattari’s complex and difficult text.
Brent Adkins is Professor of Philosophy at Roanoke College.