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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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As Nietzsche puts it : “ we cannot give our hearts to it — not even our ears ! ” ( 15
) . If we “ absent - minded ... emptying experience of subjectivation that both gives
rise to the subject and produces madness . The subjectivation most of us know ...
By all appearances , here at Madness's center , or Derridean “ hinge , ” Foucault
seems to paint a positive picture of Freudian psychoanalysis , as a force of
demystification , reunification , and restoration that gives subjects access to their
What is missing from Sexuality One — and what Madness gives us — is an
argument that might lead from the negativity of critique to the constructive
articulation of a different ethics ; that argument , in turn , might produce a
sustainable sexual ...
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