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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.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 tale of interiority is a Nietzschean story that today we might describe ,
following Deleuze , as a critical one about subjectivity as coextensive . Madness
tells a story about the production of norms through the practice of confinement ,
More important for critical engagement with Foucault that takes seriously queer
theory's feminist roots , in its critique of a patriarchal Oedipus , Madness offers a
language for realigning a feminist critique of psychoanalysis with a queer ...
Freedom is therefore determined not only by our sociohistorical condition but
also by our capacity to critically reflect on ... In that sense , transformation is
always historical , always involves critical reflection , and always involves a
movement of ...
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