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Dr Ehsan Azari on Desire dispossessed of a desiring subject: Deleuze and Guattari
Friday 29 November
Building 3.G.55, Bankstown Campus (via the Henry Lawson Drive exit of the M5)
Lacan’s one year-long seminar Desire and interpretation of desire in Hamlet (1959-1960) put the perception of desire on the center stage of poststructuralist French theory. This seminar inaugurated in Paris a potent meta-theoretical debate concerning the concept of desire. Drawing on the guiding thread of Lacan’s theoretical inquiry, Kristeva, Derrida, Foucault and Deleuze & Guattari began to produce a plethora of new multi/inter-disciplinary theoretical taxonomies that could be summed up into two distinguished schools of conceptualisation about desire. The two schools are best identified with two pairs of mediating masters, namely, Hegel and Freud; and Spinoza and Nietzsche.
The primary intent of this paper is to investigate the radical strategy; Deleuze and Guattari undertake in order to radically challenge Lacanian theory of desire. In seeking to locate a point of orientation toward the source of Deleuze & Guattari, the paper will begin with Spinoza’s concept of conatus and Nietzsche’s eternal return, and examine the desire as a celestial energy, rhizomatic production and a corporal and pseudo-psychic force, flowing equally in the natural and human world. The paper will then discuss this all-pervasive flow in its universality and in the absence of a desiring subject, a subject, which is in Zizek’s words an ‘acephalous and impersonal subject’. The paper also investigates how Deleuze & Guattari are locked up in the Lacan’s theoretical citadel by reconfiguring Lacan’s object cause of desire or object petit a in his desiring machine and repositioning drive as desire. The paper will attempt to demonstrate the paradoxes of DeleuzoGuattarian theory in relation to Kafka’s novel The Trial where desire doesn’t lend itself to assemblage when language conflicts with death. The paper will explore how the initial trauma is the driving force behind Joseph K.’s desire. This is repression, which gives rise desire of the subject to tell his story addressed to the Other.
Dr Ehsan Azari Stanizai, a graduate of Macquarie University, is an Adjunct member of Writing and Society Research Centre and a casual academic with School of Humanities and Communication Arts. He also successfully convened this semester a postgraduate ‘Lacan and Literature Course’ with National Institute of Dramatic Art –NIDA (UNSW). Based on an official invitation, he is going to convene this course with NIDA next year also. His writing appears frequently in the Australian and international media.
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2012 Seminar Program and Recordings
Our 2012 seminar program included papers from Centre members and esteemed visiting scholars. You can view our 2012 seminar program and listen to recordings of our seminars.
2011 Seminar Program
Alongside the work of Centre members and students the 2011 seminar program featured papers by visiting scholars including-
- Valerie Henitiuk (University of East Anglia) Optical Illusions? Literary Translation as a Refractive Process,
- Teresa Stoppani (University of Greenwich) Dust reversals. Dustings, vacuum cleaners, (war) machines and the disappearance of the interior,
- Ira Raja (Dehli and La Trobe Universities) The Elevating Influence of Friendship: Interiority, Sisterhood and Marriage in late 19th century India
- David Damrosch (Harvard University) The Globe Writes Back: Englishes Today
- Hanifa Deen (author) Ali Abdul vs the King: Muslim Stories From the Dark Days of White Australia