Deleuze's 'Difference and Repetition' A Reader's Guide

Joe Hughes

Pub Date: 1 Feb 2009

Series Reader's Guides


Gilles Deleuze is without question one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. Difference and Repetition is a classic work of contemporary philosophy and a key text in Deleuze's oeuvre, a brilliant exposition of the critique of identity that develops two key concepts: pure difference and complex repetition. Deleuze's 'Difference and Repetition': A Reader's Guide offers a concise and accessible introduction to this hugely important and yet notoriously demanding work. Written specifically to meet the needs of students coming to Deleuze for the first time, the book offers guidance on:
- Philosophical and historical context
- Key themes
- Reading the text
- Reception and influence
- Further reading.

Table Of Contents

1. Context
2. Overview of Themes
3. Reading the Text
4. Reception and Influence


Joe Hughes received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh, UK. He is the author of Difference and Repetition: A Reader’s Guide (Continuum, 2009) and is the co-translator of Deleuze's Pericles and Verdi (Columbia University Press, 2002).


“The first comprehensive study of Deleuze's most important book. Beautifully written, Hughes' book brings an immense amount of clarity to Difference and Repetition … Hughes' book is not only a great introduction to Difference and Repetition, but a great book in its own right.” – Leonard Lawlor, Sparks Professor of Philosophy, Penn State University, USA