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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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Unreason , like death , is the unsettling force that puts the subject into question :
the “ dark , disordered , shifting chaos , the germ and death of all things ” ( M 12 ) .
And while unreason is a threat to life and “ the luminous , adult stability of the ...
Again , and very briefly , Judith Butler's work is paradigmatic of this tendency in
queer theory to evade a direct discussion of biopower . In Gender Trouble , Butler
refers to the final chapter of Sexuality One— “ Right of Death and Power Over ...
this " right to death ” of the older , sovereign model is the power to take life or let
live . ” 53 “ Right to death ” and this power to take or not take life is linked to what
Foucault calls , more broadly , the power of deduction ( prélèvement ) : the power
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