Becoming-Animal and Pure Life in Coetzee’s Disgrace

Paul Patton

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Gilles Deleuze is rightly regarded as a vitalist thinker in the sense that a
concept of impersonal life is central to his philosophy. The ontology of
events in The Logic of Sense, the ontology of pure transcendental ideas
in Difference and Repetition and the machinic ontology of Anti-Oedipus
and A Thousand Plateaus each reproduces in its own terms the concept
of an indeterminate, abstract, non-organic and intensive life that is prior
to its incarnation in fixed and organized forms. These forms may be
biological, technological, cultural or intellectual, but in all cases they
are secondary determinations of an ontologically primary flux of becoming: “If everything is alive, it is not because everything is organic or
organized but, on the contrary, because the organism is a diversion of
life. In short, the life in question is non-organic, germinal and intensive,
a powerful life without organs . . .” (Deleuze and Guattari A Thousand
Plateaus 499)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-119
JournalAriel-A Review of International English Literature
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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