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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.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 view of subjectivity is more radically unstable than what we tend to think of
as the “socially constructed” subject, a sociological view where the subject is
located within an outside we call its geographical, historical, or political “context.
... typically ironic discourse about Freud in Sexuality One. Within the context of
Foucault's thinking and assertions about psychoanalysis over the course of his
work, this passage can be viewed as a rhetorical trap where Foucault holds out
Significantly, the philosophical distinctions between Foucault and Butler that
emerge through a reading of Psychic Life are, to a large extent, a function of the
temporally specific Franco-American contexts that frame their vastly differing ...
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