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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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These include , most importantly , Foucault's sustained critique of moral and political exclusion and his lifelong challenge to the despotic power of philosophical reason : to “ shake off philosophy , ” as he puts it in this book's ...
Specifically , what we miss when we read about productive power only through the lens of the middle and late Foucault is the story he tells about moral exclusion as the normative and normalizing production of interiority .
As Eribon explains , the seventeenth - century exclusion of homosexuality in the domain of unreason takes place within bourgeois structures of moral exclusion that attach shame and scandal to " abnormality " and thereby silence its ...
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