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Page 17; Jason Bredle; Standing in Line for the Beast Halloween may be over, but does that mean I’ve taken down the twinkly, orange lights on my patio, or thrown away the gourds around my home, or set aside the pumpkin spice candles in both my living room and bedroom? No. No it does not. Jason Bredle’s Standing in Line for the Beast looks to good among the fall themed decor. But Halloween aesthetics aren’t the focus of this post. The real reason I write today is much spookier than ghosts and gourds, that is: Deleuzian Theory. In his poem “Anarchy,” Bredle writes, “you could be down at the club working/ on your electrifying backhand when in parachutes/ this manimal in a jumpsuit who lands on your back/ and begins gnawing at your neck” (17). Creepy, right? Beyond the obvious overlap with Bhanu Kapil’s Humanimal: A Project for Future Children, a book I briefly covered on this blog, Bredle’s manimal recalls Deleuze’s theory of assemblage. According to Gilles Deleuze, assemblage theory asserts a fluidity of body in which relationships among body parts are not fixed or stable, but can be displaced and replaced with other bodies [For more information on assemblage as conceived by Deleuze, see his book A Thousand Plateaus, written in collaboration with Felix Guattari.] Within a Deleuzian framework of assemblage, a man riding a horse does not represent two different bodies, but rather one assemblage: a horse-man, or, to pull from Bredle, a manimal. This understanding of hybridity reflects the other kinds of hybridity we see in Humanimal, that of genre, time, body, land, and nationhood. Perhaps Bredle’s use of assemblage also reflects a hybridity in his work, though of which kinds I’m not yet sure.
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