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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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... engagement with Foucault . This is not to privilege one discourse over the
other , but rather to put them in dialogue with each other . As will become clear ,
my academic voice continually threatens to overwhelm my more personal ...
of the influence theory of texts and readers ) , the Deleuzian concept of the fold is
useful for my engagement with Madness's geographical metaphors of navigation
and confinement . As a number of Foucault's interpreters have argued , these ...
And , as I've insisted throughout this book , an engagement with experience is
crucial for an ethics of erotic freedom , as Foucault's later work on ethics attests . If
we follow Foucault , through the byways of Madness , toward his devastating ...
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