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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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My insistence on ethics in Madness leads directly to my engagement with psychoanalysis in its relation to queer theory . I see Foucault's devastating critique of Freud in Madness as the culmination of his critique of morality .
The same logic structures both positivism and psychoanalysis : " confined freedom heals on its own , just like the liberated language of psychoanalysis ” ( M 436 / F 456-457 ; translation modified ) . Like the “ caged freedom ” ( M 436 ...
This exposure of psychoanalysis as a patriarchal , mimetic structure explains the devastating meaning of Foucault's ultimate , unambiguous condemnation of psychoanalysis : “ psychoanalysis cannot and will never be able to hear the ...
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