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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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After tracing the story Madness tells about the repressive production of sexual subjectivity and its others , I then compare Madness to the “ fable ” of sexuality presented in Sexuality One . Specifically , I use Madness as a queer ...
24 And yet , for all its historical negation of life as eros , queer readers of Foucault have tended to embrace sexual subjectivation as a condition that defines us all : we are trapped in our prisons and panopticons , choked by the ...
support possible connections between Foucaults and Beauvoir's approaches to sexual experience . The details of those connections are beyond the scope of this book . For the purposes of this chapter's focus on Foucault's challenge to ...
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