Mad for Foucault: Rethinking the Foundations of Queer Theory
Columbia University Press, 2010 - 344 síğur
Michel Foucault was the first to embed the roots of human sexuality in discipline and biopolitics, therefore revolutionizing our conception of sex and its relationship to society, economics, and culture. Yet over the past two decades, scholars have limited themselves to the study of Foucault's History of Sexuality, volume 1 paying lesser attention to his equally explosive History of Madness. In this earlier volume, Foucault recasts Western rationalism as a project that both produces and represses sexual deviants, calling out the complicity of modern science and the exclusionary nature of family morality. By reclaiming these deft moves, Lynne Huffer teases out exciting new strands of Foucauldian thought. She then revisits the theorist's ethical work in light of these discoveries, divining an ethics of eros that sees sexuality as a lived experience we are repeatedly called on to remember. Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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This explains the severely abridged English translation by Richard Howard , entitled Madness and Civilization : A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason , that was published in 1965. At 230 pages , the book was about one - third the ...
So while Jean Khalfa's comment , in his introduction to the 2006 English translation of Foucault's work , that the “ History of Madness has yet to be read " ( M xiii ) seems a bit overstated , it is true that something crucial has been ...
For overviews of the historians ' critiques see especially Midelfort , “ Madness and Civilisation ” ; Megill , “ The Reception of Foucault ” ; Gordon , “ Histoire de la folie ” ; and Gutting , “ Foucault and the History of Madness .
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