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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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Foucault is right , of course , when he writes these lines in the “ nonpreface ” he supplies in 1972. ... Foucault faces this difficulty when he is asked to write a new preface for the 1972 French revised edition of Madness .
In an unremarked sentence from the passage , for example , Foucault writes : “ [ psychoanalysis ) resumed the project of a medical technology appropriate for dealing with the sexual instinct .
But that “ knowing " can only occur as the degradation of unreason — the wandering subjectivity of the ship of fools - into madness as an object of analytical perception : “ This fall into objectivity , ” Foucault writes , “ was a far ...
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