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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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As humble object , the book must take care to avoid speaking with the weight or solemnity of a “ text . ... and pedagogical systems — Foucault chooses instead the book as discourse — the object - event that , like a weapon , ruptures ...
sion , one of many object - events destined to disappear : “ I think of my books as mines , explosives . . . . The book should disappear by its own effect . " 4 If the book has a voice , it is only the repeated one that , with true ...
In this way the patient becomes the perfect , powerless complement to the doctor's power , a “ pure object with no other resistance than her own inertia , ready to be the hysterical woman in whom Charcot exalted the marvelous powers of ...
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