The Deleuze-Guattari Approach and The Fantastic



Based on the hypothesis of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari described in A Thousand Plateaus, this article presents the concepts of two models, two visions of the world, of culture and of literature: namely a traditional root-tree model and a modern rhizomatic model. I argue that the traditional fantastic follows the root-tree model while the new fantastic is closer to the rhizomatic model. In my article, I analyze the root-tree fantastic, whose principles are based on the rules characterizing the arborescent model: organization, reflection, imitation and analogy. The new fantastic, on the other hand, fulfills the criteria which, according to Deleuze and Guattari, describe the rhizome: connection, heterogeneity, multiplicity, asignifying rupture and cartography / decalcomania. The corpus of the analyzed texts consists of «La Vénus d’Ille» as the example of the root-tree fantastic and the short stories from Hôpital Nord series by Andrevon and Cousin as the model of the rhizomatic fantastic. 


Palabras clave

rhizome; , Deleuze; , Guattari; , le (néo)fantastique; , racine.

Biografía del autor/a

KATARZYNA GADOMSKA, University of Silesia Poland

Katarzyna Gadomska is a Professor at the University of Silesia working at the Institute of Literary Studies. As a researcher, she specializes in studies of fantastic literature (both contemporary and traditional), horror in literature and cinema, and speculative fiction (“littératures de l’imaginaire”). She is the author of two monographs (La Prose néofantastique d'expression francaise aux XXe et XXIe siècles [2012] and Science-Fiction et Fantasy comme merveilleux contemporain [2002]), as well as approximately fifty scientific articles published in international journals (in France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Russia, the Czech Republic, Romania, Turkey, New Zealand and Poland) indexed in ERIH, ERIH +, MLA, SCOPUS. Katarzyna Gadomska has edited and co-edited numerous collective monographs regarding popular literature. She has been the supervisor of doctoral and master’s theses in this field, the organizer and participant of scientific conferences devoted to the fantastic, and the scientific editor of the Phantasticus series (at the University of Silesia Press). Currently, Katarzyna Gadomska is the project leader of the OPUS 15 research grant, funded by the National Science Centre in Poland (NCN) and dedicated to Jean-Pierre Andrevon’s new fantastic.



Cómo citar

GADOMSKA, K. (2022). The Deleuze-Guattari Approach and The Fantastic. rumal. evista e investigación obre o Fantástico, 10(1), 255–279.


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