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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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That opening of a path points , paradoxically , to what Foucault in 1961 called “ a passage refused by the future , a thing in becoming which is irreparably less than history " ( M xxxi ) . This enigmatic phrase suggests that , in our ...
In that sense , the opening of a passage produced by the mad “ thing in becoming " is inevitably an opening “ refused by the future ” because that future — the act by which the present makes sense of itselfdepends on the sense making of ...
78 And that thing “ beside him ” is madness , deprived “ at every moment not only of what it has just said , but of the very ability to speak . " 79 Thus “ historical time imposes silence on a thing that we can no longer apprehend ...
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