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A Study on Deleuze’s “Bartleby, or The Formula”

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2023, 70(), pp.126-146
  • DOI : 10.17527/JASA.70.0.06
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Received : August 2, 2023
  • Accepted : September 12, 2023
  • Published : October 31, 2023

Gi-Hyeon Seong 1

1한림대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study analyzes Deleuze’s “Bartleby, or The Formula” and considers its political implications. First, it situates Deleuze’s discussion within the politico-philosophical debates surrounding Bartleby, the Scrivener. Second, it argues that existing studies have not paid sufficient attention to two central issues in Deleuze’s text, and attempts a systematic analysis of them: the effects of Bartleby’s “I would prefer not to” and Deleuze’s critical assessment of the universal fraternity of nineteenth-century American literature. Third, it explains why the novel can have positive political impacts beyond its tragic conclusion. The goals of this paper are as follows. On the one hand, to provide a brief map of the politico-philosophical debates surrounding the novel, and to reveal the place and value of Deleuze’s discussion within them. On the other hand, to offer a more systematic reading of Deleuze’s text. This will allow us to better understand his later art theory, which focuses on the effects of artworks, and provide a multidimensional view of his position on American literature.

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