‘New Concepts for Unknown Lands’: Deleuze & Guattari’s Non-Nationalitarianisms

  • Philip Leonard


In a radical departure from the idea that European modernity leaves as its legacy an emergent global syncretism, an intensification of worldwide culture, and a collapsing of spatial distance into a uniform proximity, Hardt and Negri argue that power has become delocalized and diffuse, to be found not in the ascendance of a newly dominating nation-state, but in the operations of transnational markets that are irreducible to national territoriality. ‘Empire’ is the newly inflected term for what is, according to Hardt and Negri, a global condition that encompasses all cultural forms, yet leaves world culture disharmonious and acentred. Working to deconstitute systemic totalities at the very moment that it restructures the international community, Empire is illimitable since its rule extends to enclose all social strata, but at the same time it seizes for itself an interiority that transcends history: ‘Empire’, they write, ‘can only be conceived as a universal republic, a network of powers and counterpowers structured in a boundless and inclusive architecture’.1


Minor Literature Conceptual Invention Major Language Smooth Space Postcolonial Theory 
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