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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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Specifically, what we miss when we read about productive power only through
the lens of the middle and late Foucault is the story he tells about moral exclusion
as the normative and normalizing production of interiority. This tale of interiority is
Madness suggests that the goal of moral critique should not be the expansion of
moral norms to include a greater diversity of marginalized subjects. Rather, a
Nietzschean critique of moral interiority ultimately renegotiates subjectivity itself.
Nietzschean internalization of the moral soul. For, in Madness, the rationalist
conjuration of madness as form is also an act of moral conjuration. Referring to
those immoral perils regarded by a bourgeois order with both desire and fear, ...
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