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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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In the case of sexual deviancy and homosexuality in particular , Foucault argues that the forms of repression and ... and an entire homosexual lyricism ( tout un lyrisme homosexuel ] tolerated unquestioningly in the Renaissance , begins ...
He is , rather , as Foucault describes him , a “ lyrical voice ” and a “ homosexual sensibility ” out of sync with the moral strictures of a rationalist bourgeois order . This silenced lyricism signals the existence of a world of ...
Thus the time of the sodomite and the time of the homosexual are coextensive . And yet , if we take seriously the historic breach between reason and unreason after the Renaissance , they are also radically incommensurable with each ...
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