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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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... Bataille that bears strong traces of Nietzsche : What characterizes modern sexuality from Sade to Freud is not its having found the language of its logic or of its nature , but , rather , through the violence done by such languages ...
To be sure , in History of Madness , Foucault gestures toward the literary language of certain writers — Nerval , Nietzsche , Hölderlin , Roussel , and Artaudas discourses that use the erotic to challenge the limits of reason .
In his reading of Madness , Maurice Blanchot similarly asks : “ if madness has a language , and if it is even nothing but language , would this language not send us back ( as does literature , although at another level ) ...
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