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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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In that sense , History of Madness occupies the generative , ambiguous space of an untranslatable French histoire : the in - between of a history or story that refuses the article - une histoire or l'histoire — that would pin it down ...
34 No more consoling than the Borgesian text - a heterotopian “ Other of order ” 35 that cracks open The Order of Things with a disquieting laughter — the Diderotian space at Madness's center is best described , as I have mentioned ...
As the space that preserves the traces of rationalism's power to wound , the archive is “ utterly real . ” 21 But , as the site of a different listening by one who agrees to receive , as true , the wounding truth he hears ...
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