Saturday, August 13, 2022

13th Series of the Schizophrenic and the Little Girl

This chapter starts from the fragility of the surface and looks at the problem of nonsense overwhelming the surface. It also provides a solution. 

Deleuze compares the schizophrenic writings of Antonin Artaud and Louis Wolfson with Carroll. He looks at it from a tripartite arrangement of The madman, the poet and the little girl.  Bio of Artaud  Bio of Wolfson.

Deleuze introduces Artaud's "body without organs" and describes it a bit. This concept will turn up with more elaboration in Deleuze's two major collaborations with Felix Guattari, Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus.  Deleuze analyzes the schizophrenic languages invented by Artaud and Wolfson. 

He talks about "passion words" and "action words" and relates the latter to a theater of cruelty referring to the well known article by Artaud with the same title. In this article Artaud writes of communication in the theater by means other than conventional language. The Theater of Cruelty can be read here

 Deleuze introduces psychoanalysis in this chapter, a subject he'll write of extensively in the latter part of the book. 

 Not in the video but should be: Deleuze values the madness of Artaud over the logic of Carroll: "We would not give a page of Artaud for all of Carroll.


  1. Great shirt, Oz!

    Since there is talks of this 'body without organs' and organization, as well as James Joyce, you might have mentioned that in Ulysses, each chapter corresponds to a body organ. Not sure what to do with this, though.

    1. Thanks Spookah, the shirt is from Morocco.

      I confess that I didn't know each chapter in Ulysses corresponds to an organ. I know Joyce was very systematic and each chapter has multiple correspondences, there's a table of that somewhere, but I haven't really studied it.

    2. Here is the table you are probably refering to:
      I was following it while reading the book, but wasnt sure what to do with some of the correspondances. In a recently posted online talk about Ulysses, philosophy professor Michael Sugrue says that Joyce was with this book "building a human being", perhaps in a similar way than how he was also trying to reconstruct Dublin.
      I suppose this should be understood with the ideas of isomorphism and synechdoche in mind.

    3. Ah yes, the Gilbert schema. I've got that bookmarked too. Thanks also for the video link. I read Joyce's bio within the past year. At one point he asks someone, rhetorically it seems, it he had structured Ulysses too much.