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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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Approaching the archive represented a significant methodological step for me.
Up until that time, I had not experienced the archive fever that had long afllicted
so many of my friends and colleagues, to say nothing of Foucault himself. My
One of the crucial differences between Foucault and the structuralists to whom he
is often falsely compared is his attention to the archive. If Foucault's use of the
archive upsets many historians, it is also what makes him a unique philosopher.
Those shadows gather in the dusty corners of the archives where Foucault spent
his days tracing the emergence of lives lost to history. The archive thus becomes,
in this ethical parrhesia, the site of an erotic, courageous listening. It is useful to ...
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