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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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Insult is important for bringing Madness to our queer attention and for linking
Foucault's work to other homophile ... In Insult , Eribon is primarily interested in
demonstrating the importance of Foucault's thinking about gay culture and new
... product of a representational order , like a character in a play or the protagonist
of a novel or even the “ face ” acquired through a rhetorical troping . In addition ,
the seemingly minor matter of punctuation becomes important here .
8 “ That , ” he adds , “ is politically important . " 82 The idea that the subject can
eventually change is , of course , politically important , and Foucault's lifelong
project is nothing if not a thinking about thinking as a practice of change .
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