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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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In that conjuration , the singular alterity of madness is established as the exception to the general alterity of others ; in this way , alterity is doubled— “ a double system of alterity ” ( M 181 / F 199 ) —through a madness that ...
In this way , repetitive incantation exorcizes any possibility of coextensive subjectivations that would be coincident with alterity , but not the objects of social exclusion — those desubjectivating forms of becoming that emerged in ...
As a question about the subject , this ethics is not unrelated to a certain thinking about alterity epitomized in the work of Levinas . For Foucault , as for Levinas , subjectivity must be thought as the interruption of the self by an ...
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