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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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Quer also means adverse — from the Latin versus , a turning , the root that gives us perverse , perverted , pervert . The danger of the queer is that it can easily be re - turned against us : we can be recaptured and pinned down again ...
We can let go of the need to pin Foucault down on a historical time line and turn to ethical questions about sexuality that can speak to our political present . In more general terms , this initial reading of Sexuality One in the light ...
Thus Freudian psychoanalysis repeats the Nietzschean inward turn through which an act of violence produces an inner conscience governed by the moral norms of the bourgeois family — producing , as Foucault puts it , “ the castle of our ...
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