Mark Ravenhill's Encounter with Deleuze and Guattari: The Ultimate Body in Shopping and F***

Golban T., Kılınç S.

Messages, Sages and Ages, vol.2019, no.6, pp.7-16, 2019 (Non Peer-Reviewed Journal)


This study departs from the widespread interpretations of Mark Ravenhill’s play Shopping and Fucking in terms of the commodification of the self in the consumerist world and proposes instead to explore the self through an engagement with Deleuze’s and Guattari’s ontology. Deleuze’s and Guattari’s concepts “body without organs” and “desiring machines” are employed in order to reveal Ravenhill’s concern with the body and its relation to identity in a world where everything is commodified. This study seeks to address the question of shifting of boundaries of ethics, which arises with radical postmodern sensibilities. It tries to reveal the ways in which Ravenhill redefines the established codes, proposing instead an ‘individual’ self, which emerges as a radical and intensive body from an assemblage of forces, flows and different intensities, capable of creating new configurations and codes of ethics, which are adjusted through the continuous flux of transformation and becoming.

Keywords: body without organs, desiring machines, cruelty, self, Shopping and Fucking