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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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Let us call this movement . . . the movement of eros (love)” (15-16). The Cartesian
moment, by contrast, denies the possibility of selftransformation: it denies the
possibility of eros. This denial of eros forms the foundation of the modern sexual ...
As a form of knowledge that includes madness, eros will be banished by the “I” of
the cogito. We could continue to narrate this story about the exclusion of eros
from modern subjectivity along the lines of the tale Foucault tells more explicitly ...
the traditional investigative assumption that we already know what madness is
and, therefore, know a pervert when we find one in the archive—is to deny the
alterity of historical eros. It is to engage in a historico-philosophical form of
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