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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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No one is more aware of this irony than Foucault himself in the 1972 preface , a
mere two - page affair whose conclusion splits and doubles the singularity of the
narrative “ I. ” Suddenly , at the end , two voices emerge to mock the entire ...
Ironically , because she is closeted , eros is as muted in Foucault as she is in the
philosophical and historical discourses he contests . Nonetheless , her stuttering
voice is not only Madness's most important one , but a voice that signals , over ...
My work felt like a big fat balloon , all puffed up , then suddenly pricked by the
expert voice : the voice of psychosis and also the therapeutic voice that holds the
key to the cure . It was the voice that " knew " better than I ever could . But what
am I ...
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