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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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But , whereas psychoanalysis offers a system and a vocabulary that speaks the irrational , for Foucault psychoanalysis is the ... So too with literary texts : if literature seems to speak that which reason cannot speak , for Foucault ...
As madness and the psyche begin to “ speak ” in psychiatry and psychology and , so doing , to “ free themselves ” as truth , they do so in a language that is not their own . The voice of madness does not convey the experience of madness ...
Irony is a kind of rupturing unreason within reason , a break or interruption within discourse that would speak madness — if it could speak . In that sense , the Nephew really is a ghost of madness : “ the shadow of a shadow ” ( M 348 ) ...
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