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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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Both summoned and driven out , madness becomes a plenitude that can appear in the order of reason ... Beginning as a “ knowledge [ connaissance ) ” ( M 243 / F 261 ) that will soon become a science , a priestly reason both conjures and ...
Madness thus becomes an overflow , that which remains of literature after philosophy has been subtracted from it . The History of Madness is the story of this surplus , the story of a literary residue . ” 56 This deconstructive reading ...
Never reading anything straight , Foucault thus becomes the queer nephew of an Hyppolite who , paradoxically , becomes a queer Hegelian uncle to Foucault while simultaneously maintaining his position as a straight Hegelian son .
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