Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari: Intersecting Lives

Francois Dosse (Author) Deborah Glassman (Translator)
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In May 1968, Gilles Deleuze was an established philosopher teaching at the innovative Vincennes University, just outside of Paris. Félix Guattari was a political militant and the director of an unusual psychiatric clinic at La Borde. Their meeting was quite unlikely, yet the two were introduced in an arranged encounter of epic consequence. From that moment on, Deleuze and Guattari engaged in a surprising, productive partnership, collaborating on several groundbreaking works, including Anti-Oedipus, What Is Philosophy? and A Thousand Plateaus.

François Dosse, a prominent French intellectual known for his work on the Annales School, structuralism, and biographies of the pivotal intellectuals Paul Ricoeur, Pierre Chaunu, and Michel de Certeau, examines the prolific if improbable relationship between two men of distinct and differing sensibilities. Drawing on unpublished archives and hundreds of personal interviews, Dosse elucidates a collaboration that lasted more than two decades, underscoring the role that family and history--particularly the turbulent time of May 1968--play in their monumental work. He also takes the measure of Deleuze and Guattari's posthumous fortunes and the impact of their thought on intellectual, academic, and professional circles.

Product Details

Price: $40.80
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Published Date: October 11, 2011
Pages: 672
Dimensions: 6.1 X 1.4 X 9.2 inches | 2.15 pounds
Language: English
Type: Paperback
ISBN: 9780231145619
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About the Author

François Dosse is a professor at the IUFM Creteil, the Paris Institute for Political Studies, and the Center for Cultural History, University of Versailles/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. He has published several important books on intellectual history, including History of Structuralism: The Rising Sign, 1945-1966 and History of Structuralism: The Sign Sets, 1967-Present.

Deborah Glassman is the author of several works on literature, education, and international development and the translator of Dosse's two books on structuralism.


An exhaustive and fascinating account.... As a glimpse into a remarkable period in French intellectual history where politics, philosophy, and literary brilliance coalesced, it is captivating.--Publishers Weekly
This is a massively researched and rewarding book that will attract the attention of all students of Deleuze and Guattari.--Choice
An impressively comprehensive examination of the lives and times of Deleuze and Guattari... Richly filled with biographical and historical detail (and with amusing and often poignant anecdote), Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari: Intersecting Lives represents an inmmense scholarly achievement... Essential reading.--European Legacy
Dosse has produced a magnificently well-researched double biography.--Terry Eagleton "Artforum "
A comprehensive and polyvocal biography on the lives and work of Deleuze and Guattari.--Thomas Nail "Foucault Studies "
Dosse makes Deleuze and Guattari mysterious again.--Scott McLemee "Bookforum "