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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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We can only know what unreason is in relation to the reason from which it splits .
In itself , it is nothing Since in itself unreason is nothing , I make my entrée into
this difficult material through the act of splitting itself . Splitting is complex , as the
Just as the language of reason expels from itself all the traces of the unreason
from which it came , so too “ Foucault ” ( in 1961 ) expels from himself in the form
of suppression “ the memory of all those imperfect words , of no fixed syntax ...
A Queer Nephew ” : Following on the critique of Freud , I read Madness as a
critique of the Hegelian self - reflective structures of reason and the
consequences of that self - reflective machinery . Engaging Rameau's Nephew in
Madness , I ...
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