Deleuze & Guattari: The Subterranean Forces of Social Production

Dr. Rinaldi's Horror Cabinet

In this photo released by the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna former Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud is pictured in his working room in 1938. Austria and the world will be celebrating Sigmund Freud's 150th birthday on Saturday May 6, 2006. (AP Photo/Sigmund Freud Museum)

To be sure, we have never dreamed of saying that psychoanalysis invented Oedipus!

– Deleuze & Guattari: Anti-Oedipus

One of the key aspects of Deleuze & Guattari’s schizoanalytical analysis of Freud/Lacan tradition of psychoanalysis is not that Oedipus does not exist, but that it comes after social reproduction and social repression. That the family: Father, Mother, child triangulation that psychoanalysis fixates on comes as a partial truth, one that forces the actual truth into the strait-jacket of the Freudian framework.

Everything points in the opposite direction: the subjects of psychoanalysis arrive already oedipulized, they demand it, they want more. (p. 121)

This is where it gets tricky. D&G will tell us in speaking of the incest prohibition that seems to be a cornerstone to the Oedipal mythos is founded not on familial repression but rather on social repressive forces. “Social production would need at its disposal, on the recording surface of…

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  1. … I mean, the last few times we had a conversation about his posts, I was actually agreeing with him and attempting to clarifying particular things. And attempting to add my 2 Cents. But he just would not see it, in fact. He started insulting me even as I attempted to clear up where we were misunderstanding each other

    It was so weird. I just had to figure he doesn’t know what he’s taking about, like some odd sort of Being that is utterly foreign to what I might consider human, but so sure he is about talk, it must be that he is human (of some sort) and I am not. Which was ok with me😛

    Very strange interactions.

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