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This article explores the creative value of the notion of ‘repetition’ in Michel Foucault’s texts from the 1960s and early 1970s. Re-enacting Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy, Foucault implicitly refers to the Freudian repetition mechanisms in order to distort and reverse them. Foucault’s repetition is de-psychologized, affectively de-individualizing, and temporally erratic, using the power of a senseless repetition to create new possibilities for the future.
Keywords: Freud; Foucault; Deleuze; affect; double; time; difference
Title
Repetition
Subtitle
Differential Monotony, Affects, Creation
Author(s)
Arianna Sforzini
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This article explores the creative value of the notion of ‘repetition’ in Michel Foucault’s texts from the 1960s and early 1970s. Re-enacting Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy, Foucault implicitly refers to the Freudian repetition mechanisms in order to distort and reverse them. Foucault’s repetition is de-psychologized, affectively de-individualizing, and temporally erratic, using the power of a senseless repetition to create new possibilities for the future.
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Re-
Place
Berlin
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ICI Berlin Press
Date
2019
Subject
Freud
Foucault
Deleuze
affect
double
time
difference
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Repetition
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99
page end
105
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Re-: An Errant Glossary, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Arnd Wedemeyer, Cultural Inquiry, 15 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2019), pp. 99–105
Bibliographic Citation
Arianna Sforzini, ‘Repetition: Differential Monotony, Affects, Creation’, in Re-: An Errant Glossary, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Arnd Wedemeyer, Cultural Inquiry, 15 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2019), pp. 99–105 <https://doi.org/10.25620/ci-15_12>
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References

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  • Deleuze, Gilles, Difference and Repetition [1968], trans. by Paul R. Patton (New York: Columbia University Press, 1994)
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  • Foucault, Michel, ‘Ceci n’est pas une pipe’, in Dits et écrits, i: 1954–1975, text no. 53, pp. 663–78 (first publ. in Les Cahiers du chemin, 2 [15 January 1968], pp. 79–105), in English as This Is Not a Pipe, trans. by James Harkness (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983)
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Cite as: Arianna Sforzini, ‘Repetition: Differential Monotony, Affects, Creation’, in Re-: An Errant Glossary, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Arnd Wedemeyer, Cultural Inquiry, 15 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2019), pp. 99–105 <https://doi.org/10.25620/ci-15_12>