'Various kinds of madness': the French Nietzscheans inside America

Pawlik, Joanna (2006) 'Various kinds of madness': the French Nietzscheans inside America. Atlantic Studies, 3 (2). pp. 225-244. ISSN 1478-8810

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Abstract

Drawing comparisons with the introduction of deconstruction to America and its perceived discontinuity with North American intellectual traditions, this paper discusses the arrival of a different strain of poststructuralism in America, the French Nietzscheanism of Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Félix Guattari and Jean-François Lyotard. It isolates the presence and function of American oppositional discourses, such as the countercultural or anti-psychiatric, within French Nietzscheanism and asserts there exists a more intimate link between these French and American oppositional discourses than is customarily assumed. French Nietzscheanism entered America via the Schizo-culture conference, organized by Sylvère Lotringer in Columbia, 1975. The examination of this neglected, though intriguing event produces a valuable snapshot of the transition that oppositional discourses on both sides of the Atlantic underwent as the sixties gave way to the seventies.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Art History
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Depositing User: Joanna Pawlik
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2014 10:26
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 08:20
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/51358

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