Say that it’s Oedipus, or you’ll get a slap in the face. The psychoanalyst no longer says to the patient: “Tell me a little bit about your desiring-machines, won’t you?” Instead he screams: “Answer ‘daddy-and-mommy’ when I speak to you!” (p.45)
The psychoanalysis that D&G rail against forces desiring-production into the Oedipal triangle (daddy-mommy-me), and so it fails “from the beginning to see what the precise nature of this desiring-production is…” (p. 49).
But, they imply (and will say later), we need not limit ourselves to complaining about the failings of psychoanalysis. We can askourselves what our desiring-machines are like, what the precise nature of desiring-production is….
And of course this is all bigger than psychoanalysis: desiring-production is our own human potential, our own power to produce, to create, to live. And so D&G’s alternative, schizoanalysis, is a project whereby we 1) refuse to accept the channelling of our…
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