Guattari's Diagrammatic Thought
Writing Between Lacan and Deleuze

Janell Watson

Pub Date: 08 May 2009
ISBN: 1847064671
ISBN13: 9781847064677
240 Pages


Guattari’s Diagrammatic Thought examines the writings that Guattari authored on his own, both before and during his collaboration with Deleuze, providing a startlingly fresh perspective on intellectual and political trends in France and beyond during the second half of the twentieth century. Janell Watson acknowledges the historical and biographical aspect of Guattari’s writing and explores the relevance of his theoretical ideas to topics as diverse as the May 1968 student movement, Lacanian psychoanalysis, neo-liberalism, ethnic identity, microbiology, quantum mechanics, chaos theory, ecology, the mass media, and the subjective dimensions of information technology. The book demonstrates that Guattari’s unique thought process yields a markedly Guattarian version of many seemingly familiar Deleuzean notions.

Table Of Contents

Introduction: Schizoanalysis as Metamodeling
1. Lacan's Couch, Guattari's Institution: Accessing the Real
2. The Cosmic Psyche: Capitalism’s Triangular Traps
3. An Energetics of Existence: Creative Quadrants
4. History as Machinic Phylum: Socio-political Schemas Afterword: From Cartography to Ecology
Afterword: From Cartography to Ecology


Janell Watson is Associate Professor of French at Virginia Tech University, USA. Her previous publications include Literature and Material Culture from Balzac to Proust (CUP, 1999).


"This is an exacting explication of Guattari's key conceptual innovations over the course of his career. What emerges from the furious detail and clean disassembly of the nuts and bolts of schizoanalytic diagrams is an intellectual portrait of Guattari as a militant cartographer of a universe perfused with machines. Watson ingeniously reveals how Guattari hot-wired Lenin and Lacan for the wild ride he took into molecular revolution, the implications of which for emerging species of subjectivity we are only beginning to grasp."
– Gary Genosko, Canada Research Chair, Lakehead University, Canada