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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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To some, this abstract language about split subjectivity will sound nonsensical or,
even worse, Lacanian. If it sounds like nonsense, we might do well to remember
that nonsense is just the unruly child of despotic reason. Regarding her as such ...
However one receives their hovering meanings , the Nephew's pantomimes
make visible again an internal fracture — a split within a splitalready introduced
at the end of part 1 of Madness , where the Cartesian separation of the mind from
That modern moment repeats and modifies the paradoxical experience of a
classical unreason split between the “monstrous innocence” (M 158) of human
animality—the bodily “incarnation” (M 158) of a bodiless reason as “the scandal
of the ...
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