Deleuze & Fascism
Security: War: Aesthetics
Edited by Brad Evans, Julian Reid
Routledge – 2013 – 204 pages
This edited volume deploys Deleuzian thinking to re-theorize fascism as a mutable problem in changing orders of power relations dependent on hitherto misunderstood social and political conditions of formation. The book provides a theoretically distinct approach to the problem of fascism and its relations with liberalism and modernity in both historical and contemporary contexts. It serves as a seminal intervention into the debate over the causes and consequences of contemporary wars and global political conflicts as well as functioning as an accessible guide to the theoretical utilities of Deleuzian thought for International Relations (IR) in a manner that is very much lacking in current debates about IR.
Covering a wide array of topics, this volume will provide a set of original contributions focussed in particular upon the contemporary nature of war; the increased priorities afforded to the security imperative; the changing designs of bio-political regimes, fascist aesthetics; nihilistic tendencies and the modernist logic of finitude; the politics of suicide; the specific desires upon which fascism draws and, of course, the recurring pursuit of power.
An important contribution to the field, this work will be of great interest to students and scholars of international relations, fascism and international relations theory.
"The editors of this superb volume tell us that 'We are all, always,
fascists, of multiple kinds'; the fascism that they speak of, via Deleuze,
is not limited to the exploits of Hitler and Nazism. This is the fascism
of our own time, a fascism that has deepened and extended even since the
time that Deleuze and Guattari penned Anti-Oedipus. This is the fascism of
liberalism itself, the fascism of Kant, of humanism; it is a fascism of
desire turned against itself, of the most basic aspects of power and
authority. The authors of this volume, extend upon, argue with, probe, and
complicate Deleuze's insights about pervasive fascism; through engagements
with western philosophy, science fiction, cinema, Marxism, Foucault, and
many other sources, these authors seek to reproblematize and reschematize
a fascism that we all partake in, a tendency that, in some sense, we can
never fully escape or leave behind. The beauty of this volume is that it
explicitly politicizes an endemic crisis, allowing very diverse frames of
reference (historical, aesthetic, theoretical) to mutually engage and
contest what must be the greatest challenge of the 21st century."
James Martel, San Francisco State University, USA
"When Foucault described Anti-Oedipus as a book for combating the inner fascist in us all his statement was taken at face value and never questioned or investigated. Deleuze and Fascism changes that: it turns Foucault’s claim into a question and problematic and pursues the various lines of flight it opens for us. This is a richly interesting collection of essays with a very serious purpose."
-- Ian Buchanan, Editor Deleuze Studies
Introduction: Fascism in All its Forms Brad Evans & Julian Reid 1. Desire and Ideology in Fascism Todd May 2. Anti-Fascist Aesthetics Michael J. Shapiro 3. Oppression Desired: Fascism & the Security Imperative Brad Evans 4. Movement and Human Logistics: Pre-emption, Technology and Fascism Geoffrey Whitehall 5. A People of Seers: The Political Aesthetics of Postwar Cinema Revisited Julian Reid 6. Waltzing the Limit Erin Manning 7. Politics on the Line Leonie Ansems de Vries 8. Fascist lines of the tokkōtai Nicholas Michelsen 9. Fascism, France and Film: Inside-Out -Territorializing Aesthetics in The Raven (Le Corbeau) and Hidden (Caché) Ruth Kitchen
Brad Evans is a senior lecturer in International Relations at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, the University of Bristol.
Julian Reid is Professor of International Relations at the University of Lapland, Finland.