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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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Most readers of Madness only see the repressive dimension of power in Foucault's history of unreason in the classical age ; this pervasive view of Madness is supposedly reinforced by Foucault himself in later comments about the book.34 ...
Indeed , John Caputo's comments about Foucauldian power generally can be taken to apply not only to Foucault's later work but to Madness as well . Caputo argues , rightly in my view : “ The fact of the matter is that unless power has a ...
However , critics have paid less attention to the traces Madness bears of the later Nietzschean critique of morality that begins with Daybreak ( 1881 ) , continues with Beyond Good and Evil ( 1886 ) , and culminates with On the ...
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