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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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85 Performativity's dialectical reversal of cause and effect reestablishes “ the positive ” as parodic resignification , the final or sublated term where the subject is reconstituted as a positive force of subversion who will “ trouble ...
If history as a discipline is “ the final refuge of the dialectical order , " 109 Foucault's dedialectizing approach to the archive will not yield a sublated truth about the past . Rather , Foucault's archive desubjectivates the knower ...
82 Foucault , by contrast , refuses to sublate irony's dualities , moving instead toward its unsettling edge . So if , in reversing Hegelian absolute knowledge as a Cartesian absolute madness , Derrida uses the dialectic to recuperate ...
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