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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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To publish the comments would inevitably open the door to psychological
readings of the author, “Foucault,” in the discursive ... Indeed, that kind of
reductive psychological reading is all too familiar, epitomized by the irresponsible
but widely ...
In their place I propose engaging in a critical interpretive practice that is closer to
literary reading than it is to either philosophical argumentation or historical
narration. In his Genealogy, Nietzsche called for “reading as an art” (23):
49 And indeed, like Foucault's readers generally, most queer theorists seem not
to have noticed the importance of ... as a “fictive unity” for her own performative
reading of the “regulatory production of identity-effects” in Foucault.5° Similarly, ...
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