Mad for Foucault: Rethinking the Foundations of Queer Theory

Paperback | November 5, 2009

byLynne Huffer

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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 Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.

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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 les...

Lynne Huffer is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University and author of Are the Lips a Grave? A Queer Feminist on the Ethics of Sex; Maternal Pasts, Feminist Futures: Nostalgia, Ethics, and the Question of Difference; and Another Colette: The Question of Gendered Writing.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:November 5, 2009Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Preface: Why We Need Madness Acknowledgments Introduction: Mad for Foucault 1. How We Became Queer First Interlude: Nietzsche's Dreadful Attendant 2. Queer Moralities Second Interlude: Wet Dreams 3. Unraveling the Queer Psyche Third Interlude: Of Meteors and Madness 4. A Queer Nephew Fourth Interlude: A Shameful Lyricism 5. A Political Ethic of Eros Postlude: A Fool's Laughter Notes Works Cited Index

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[A] provocative and thoughtful book.