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    Shame Is Already a Revolution: The Politics of Affect in the Thought of Gilles Deleuze

    O'Donnell, Aislinn (2017) Shame Is Already a Revolution: The Politics of Affect in the Thought of Gilles Deleuze. Deleuze Studies, 11 (1). pp. 1-24. ISSN 1750-2241

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    The concept of shame is important for Deleuze’s ethics and politics. In this essay, shame is positioned within a nexus of concepts: the intolerable, seeing, resistance, powerlessness, and belief in this world. If one has fallen short, it is not because of who one is, how one is seen, or how one has been judged, but it is, in part, because of one’s failure to see what is intolerable. In this respect, shame, in particular ‘the shame of the world’, has the potential to be a proto-political and proto-ethical affect because it suspends and precludes the ready invocation of clichés and explanations that buttress us against reality. This disruption in turn opens a space for creativity and resistance.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: shame; Gilles Deleuze; resistance; indifference; intolerable; Primo Levi;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 11418
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    Depositing User: Prof Aislinn O'Donnell
    Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2019 17:03
    Journal or Publication Title: Deleuze Studies
    Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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