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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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It asks the question: What is at stake in thinking queerly about Madness? The
answer to that seemingly simple question is the work of the chapters and
interludes that follow. In moving toward that answer, I separate my inquiry into
five main ...
enment—that puts the philosophical subject of reason into question, the delirious
Nephew announces a practice that will transform, as an art of living, those forms
of unreason silenced and locked away in the great confinement. If Foucault ...
“we” that would produce such a question in the first place. He would, no doubt,
laughingly remind us of the place “we” occupy, without acknowledging it, the
moment “we” ask the question: the Cartesian place of a shared reason, the
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