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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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Those shadows gather in the dusty corners of the archives where Foucault spent his days tracing the emergence of lives lost to history . The archive thus becomes , in this ethical parrhesia , the site of an erotic , courageous listening ...
24 He uses the word intensity again and again to evoke these " flash existences ” ( 159 ) , these “ poem - lives ” ( 159 ) , from “ the first intensities that motivated [ him ) ” ( 158 ) in the 1950s when he was writing Madness to the ...
Farge interprets Foucault's return to the Madness archives — his return to himself - in “ Lives of Infamous Men " as a response to those who had criticized him : " a form of radical intervention about the mode of his encounter with his ...
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