, Volume 74, Issue 3, pp 219–226 | Cite as

Body politics and spaces of drug addiction in Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream

  • Christopher M. Moreno


Through a critical analysis of Darren Aronofsky’s filmic adaptation of Hubert Selby’s Jr.’s Requiem for a Dream (2000), this article explores different relational understandings of drug using bodies and spaces of addiction. In an attempt to move away from modernist readings of addiction I look to different relational and ethical understandings of bodies and assemblages offered in the work of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. By approaching the subject of drug addiction through the film and Deleuzian–Guattarian philosophy, this article presents different insights and alternative political and ethical imaginaries of what drug bodies and spaces are and do.


Drug addiction Film Body Affect Space 



I would thank Stuart Aitken, Jim Craine, and Giorgio Curti for their creative energy and editorial comments in putting this project together. This project also would not have been possible without the helpful insights offered by Colin Gardner and Gregg Lambert into the work of Gilles Deleuze. I would also like to thank my wife Sara Clowery for her unyielding support and love. All images courtesy of Artisan Entertainment.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeographySan Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA

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