Deleuzian Theory of Games in John Fowles’s “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”

By Mei-Hung Wu.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The study of this paper will give a detailed analysis of “theory of games” which was firstly introduced by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. The “theory of games” then will be embedded in John Fowles’s eminent The French Lieutenant’s Woman where Fowles’s surrogate Sarah Woodruff executes the free entropic power of her game world. The strategy of “game” for Deleuze and Fowles is a principle concept of the writing-machine which operates the game world and the story world because the state of game is dynamical and “applicable to the playing fields of the human heart.” In terms of game, writing for them is an important machine to deal with the interactive states of story world. Hence, this paper is, based on Deleuze and Guattari’s “theory of games,” to examine the function of writing or writing-machine, the strategy of Sarah’s game and Charles’s becoming.

Keywords: “Deleuzian Theory of Games”, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Becoming, Writing or Writing-Machine

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 9, pp.103-118. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.180MB).

Dr. Mei-Hung Wu

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied English, National Chung Cheng University, Tainan, Taiwan

Dr. Wu, Mei-Hung is currently a visiting scholar at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan. The interests of Dr. Wu, Mei-Hung are Special Topic on Gilles Deleuze, Metadrama, Metafiction, Special Toic on John Fowles, Technical English and Translation, and Cultural Studies.

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