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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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For indeed, the remark brings out precisely the category of sexual experience
that figures so prominently in the story I want to tell about Foucault and queer
theory. First, the comment clearly articulates a connection between an
experience of ...
And yet he insists, over and over, that his book recounts the experience of
madness. ... or philosophical approach which would support that claim in
traditional terms, suggests something about the difliculty of accessing
experiences in history.
reason's “other” isn't real, in all the experience—sometimes documented, often
not—of her pain and marginalization. This is where the stylistic, erotic difference
between Madness and Foucault's later, more well-known work on sexuality ...
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