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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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Halley complains: “The distinctive cultural-feminist character of West's project . . .
is the pervasive moral character of patriarchy and feminism” (61). Cultural
feminists see a male-dominated world in which “female values have been
As a result of the feminist movement, the scolding prude now “walk[s] the halls of
power,”6 using the state to do violence to sexual “others”—those loving perverts
we have come to call queer—in the name of feminism's superior moral values.
I want to “put my cards on the table,” to use one of Halley's favorite phrases.69 As
a queer feminist, I object to the “taking a break” project and would make a bid to
disqualify Foucault as one of its progenitors. As I mentioned in the introduction, ...
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