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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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Working now as a psychotherapist , she says her experience with mental illness
gives her special insight into her patients ' suffering . “ When I was nineteen , I
was homeless and crazy , ” she told us . “ I was forcibly committed to Bellevue ...
So it is not an exaggeration to say , in a very real sense , that my entire ( all -
American ) family is “ crazy . ... I didn't say it . I just sat there and listened , feeling
deflated . But that voice is - familiar , the one that says : “ I know madness . ” It
23 And later he says , “ I had persuaded myself I was a genius , ” but I see " that I'
m a fool , a fool , a fool ( un sot ] . " 24 This hairsbreadth distance between reason
and madness has ethical implications as well , as Lui puts it : “ I did not say that ...
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