A Short Application of Deleuze and Guattari’s ‘Schizoanalysis’ on Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway

Iraj Montashery


Abstract— Deleuze and Guattari are appreciators of madness. They developed a politics of schizophrenia. Therefore the ultimate aim of their politics is to return humankind to a sense of being a passionate animal. They celebrate the pre-symbolic stage of fusional relationships, of primordial, direct and unmediated desire. They argue that man is a desiring machine. In their view, there are two types of desire, the paranoid and the schizophrenic; and of these two modes of desire, they celebrate and exalt the schizophrenic’s affinity to the Imaginary, to fusional relationships and to flux. They idealize Lacan’s concept of the Imaginary (pre-oedipal, pre-linguistic stage); taking his orders of subjectivity (the Imaginary and the Symbolic) as backgrounds, Deleuze and Guattari developed a new theory called Schizoanalysis. Shedding light on Clarissa’s life from this perspective, Clariassa's self is seen in continual flux and becoming, rather than a self that has succumbed to law. Through the diversity of new becomings, Clarissa opens experience up to new beginnings. Her incessant parties are emblematic of her unending desire to combine, to love and to be loved. Her desires are the sources and constituent of her real life. Clarissa’s desire to be a schizo can also be delineated in her symbolic relationship and identification with her double, the shell-shocked Septimus Warren Smith.


Schizoanalysis; Desire; Becoming; The Symbolic; The Imaginary

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