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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.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 brings us back to the Deleuzian approach to Foucault as a thinker of subjectivity as coextension . Why this is important specifically with regard to sexuality in Madness will be spelled out more fully in my Nietzschean reading of ...
58 Less abstractly , if extension refers to the ensemble of concrete or abstract subjects or objects to which a concept , proposition , or relation applies , coextension describes two or more ensembles that share the same extension .
In her coextension with the thought of the outside , the “ subject ” is therefore a consequence of the limits of our capacity to think her . 60 Those limits have been determined , in the modern age , by the historically specific ...
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