Abstract

This essay is an attempt to elucidate the concept of "becoming-animal" that Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari develop in a number of their writings. Basically "becoming-animal" is a movement in which a subject no longer occupies a realm of stability but rather is folded into a nomadic mode of existence in which one is always an anomaly, that is, inaccessible to any form of definition. It is a movement from body to flesh, where the one is a figure of unity and strength, while the other is in an interminable state of disarticulation or disfigurement, as in many of Francis Bacon's paintings of faceless heads. It is not animal metamorphosis but an achievement of non-identity, which for Deleuze and Guattari is the condition of freedom (for animals as well as for the rest of us, whoever we are).

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-661X
Print ISSN
0028-6087
Pages
pp. 703-720
Launched on MUSE
2008-01-21
Open Access
No
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