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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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In that sense , the opening of a passage produced by the mad “ thing in
becoming " is inevitably an opening “ refused by the future ” because that future
— the act by which the present makes sense of itselfdepends on the sense
making of ...
forth in time like the ship of fools , that heterotopian opening moves in and out of
the paralyzing time of pathological madness and the spiraling time of ironic
unreason . As a fold in time , it shuttles back toward old forms of unreason like the
... effect of desubjectivation whose radical coextensivity with the external world
constitutes an opening toward the other . ... the same irony that opened the
subject to the world can easily destroy the subject's contact with immediacy as
the mad ...
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