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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.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 Nietzsche puts it : “ we cannot give our hearts to it — not even our ears ! ” ( 15
) . If we “ absent - minded ” professors of the now recentered , performative
subject have missed the experience of sexual subjectivity , as well as its costs , it
As Deleuze puts it , for Foucault “ hospitals and prisons are first and foremost
places of visibility dispersed in a form of exteriority , which refer back to an
extrinsic function , that of setting one apart and controlling . " 43 Both gestures —
putting a ...
As Foucault puts it in “ Madness , the Absence of an Oeuvre , " the " we " enters a
time where madness ceases to have any meaning : “ One day , perhaps , we will
no longer know what madness was ” ( M 542 ) . Becoming - other is thus a ...
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