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Deleuze and Guattari in the Labyrinth: 'Mille Plateaux' and 'Dans Le Labyrinthe'


Adams, CL, Deleuze and Guattari in the Labyrinth: 'Mille Plateaux' and 'Dans Le Labyrinthe', Australian Journal of French Studies, 52, (1) pp. 53-64. ISSN 0004-9468 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3828/AJFS.2015.04


This article proposes that the early novels of Alain Robbe-Grillet produce philosophical concepts which resemble those found in the work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. In taking as its primary source Deleuze and Guattari's Mille Plateaux (1980), it responds to the call for an open exchange of concepts between disciplines issued not only by these philosophers, but also by Robbe-Grillet himself. A close reading of Robbe-Grillet's fourth novel, Dans le labyrinthe (1959), is undertaken, focusing on the notions of space and movement and connecting them with Deleuze and Guattari's concepts of the rhizome, smooth space and nomadology. The novel is seen to break down any distinction between interior and exterior spaces, and so creates an open, indefinite space akin to the rhizome. The figure of the soldier negotiates the redefined coordinates of this space like the nomad, treating points as lines of flight and connecting spaces unexpectedly.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Literature in French
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Languages and linguistics
UTAS Author:Adams, CL (Dr Craig Adams)
ID Code:101864
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2015-07-14
Last Modified:2017-10-04

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