Castaneda's ecstatic pedagogy: The teachings of Don Juan

Abram Anders

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Carlos Castaneda's The Teachings of Don Juan fails before the question: What does it mean? What it does is to demand a different kind of reading - to be read as a recipe. Castaneda's text denies the regime of signifcation (by eliding the question of its own authenticity), casting its readers out along a line of fight of passional apprenticeship. Through a deployment of Deleuze and Guattari's notions of regimes of sign and the refrain, I argue that The Teachings can be proftably read as both an example of insurrectionist psychedelic science and as a self-referential ecstatic pedagogy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-267
Number of pages23
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


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