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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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“'I am the author'” (M xxxviii), the sovereign preface declares: “'Look at my face'” (
M xxxviii) to see “my intention. . . . When I speak of the limits of my enterprise, I
mean to set a boundary for your freedom” (M xxxviii). Foucault is right, of course,
4 The lyrical voice of the 1961 preface is a little girl playing dress-up. If the
preface was beautiful, Foucault seems to say, it was a false, makebelieve kind of
beauty that didn't really know what it was saying, its embellishing words mere ...
Foucault, “A Preface to Transgression,” p. 69. Ibid. Ibid., p. 70. This phrase-limite
de notre conscience (Foucault, “Préface :51 la transgression,' p. 261)—from “A
Preface to Transgression” raises the same translation problems as chateau de ...
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