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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.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 his queer role as “ Rameau the lunatic ( fou ) , " 27 the Nephew doubles irony's play into discursive and nondiscursive — spoken and gesturalforms of aesthetic rupture on the edge of modernity and scientific reason .
lous beauties of a still green little girl who , to play the grand lady , puts a wad of make - up on her cheeks . ... I was wearing a wig . ” 4 The lyrical voice of the 1961 preface is a little girl playing dress - up .
ing himself up in the lyrical language of tragedy , Foucault plays the queen whose fading sovereignty masks the rise ... Better , it seems , to play the humble artisan whose attitude toward his work is strictly utilitarian : “ I think ...
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