Deleuze and the Arts

At: Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University

Credits: 7.5 EC

Level: Research Master

Type: Tutorial (close reading)

Coordinator: Dr. Rick Dolphijn (

Between 1953 and 1993, Gilles Deleuze wrote about 20 books in which he talks of many different issues. Although the early part of his career was he mainly focusing on rewriting the History of Philosophy (with books on Bergson, Spinoza, Nietzsche and Hume) the more and more infused his philosophy with aesthetics. Starting with Proust (of which the first version was published in French in 1964) he continued this interest in books on Kafka (with Guattari), on Sacher-Masoch, on Lewis Carroll and on Francis Bacon. Famous are of course his two books on cinema and his increasing fascination with especially Anglo-American literature (for instance in Essays Critical and Clinical). After his death in 1995, the importance of Deleuze’s thinking has been recognized throughout academia and especially within the humanities he is at the moment probably the most cited author. In this tutorial we will try to get some insight in this fast growing interest in the work of Gilles Deleuze by reading some of his texts and some of those inspired by him.

Some of the literature to be discussed:

Deleuze, Gilles. The Logic of Sense. Trans. Mark Lester, Charles Stivale. Ed. Constantin Boundas. New York: Columbia UP, 1990.
—. Francis Bacon: the Logic of Sensation. Trans. Daniel W. Smith. London & New York: Continuum, 2003.
—. Cinema 1: The Movement Image. Trans. Hugh Tomlinson and Barbara Habberjam. London: the Athlone Press, 1986.
— Cinema 2: The Time Image. Trans. Hugh Tominson and Robert Galeta. London: The Athlone Press, 1989.
Deleuze, Gilles and Félix Guattari. What is Philosophy? Trans. Hugh Tomlinson and Graham Burcell. New York: Columbia University Press. 1994.
Massumi, Brian. A Shock to Thought: Expression after Deleuze and Guattari. London, New York: Routledge, 2002.
Bogue, Ronald. Deleuze on Music Painting and the Arts. London, New York: Routlege: 2003
Bogue, Ronald. Deleuze on Literature. London, New York: Routledge, 2003
Bogue, Ronald. Deleuze on Cinema. London, New York: Routledge, 2003