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Vanderwees, C. (2017). The Trouble with Pleasure: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis by Aaron Schuster Cambridge: MIT Press, 2016, 240 pp.. Canadian J. Psychoanal., 25(1):240-243.

(2017). Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis, 25(1):240-243

The Trouble with Pleasure: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis by Aaron Schuster Cambridge: MIT Press, 2016, 240 pp.

Review by:
Chris Vanderwees

With their publication of Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia (1972/2013) in 1972, philosopher Gilles Deleuze and psychoanalyst Félix Guattari earned a reputation as chief opponents of psychoanalysis and psychiatry. This publication partially draws upon Guattari's experimental psychotherapy practice at La Borde psychiatric clinic, where patients are encouraged to express creativity and to actively participate in the daily operations of the facility. Frustrated with the limitations for interpretive work that the Oedipus complex presents and the ways in which it reaffirms logics of capitalist production and organization, Anti-Oedipus attempts to shift and destabilize traditional coordinates of analytic thought. Deleuze and Guattari subsequently have become symbols of the anti-psychiatry movement and proponents of what they refer to as “schizoanalysis,” a form of interpretation that resists the reduction of a multiplicity of variables to the Oedipus complex, but rather invests in differentiation, bifurcation, virtuality, and heterogenetic ways of being and thinking. As a result of this publication, many analysts and academics characterize Deleuze and Guattari as adversaries of psychoanalytic thinking. Ronald Bogue (1989), for instance, describes Anti-Oedipus as “a full-scale attack on the doctrines of psychoanalysis” (p.

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