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Saint Foucault

Author : David M. Halperin
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"My work has had nothing to do with gay liberation," Michel Foucault reportedly told an admirer in 1975. And indeed there is scarcely more than a passing mention of homosexuality in Foucault's scholarly writings. So why has Foucault, who died of AIDS in 1984, become a powerful source of both personal and political inspiration to an entire generation of gay activists? And why have his political philosophy and his personal life recently come under such withering, normalizing scrutiny by commentators as diverse as Camille Paglia, Richard Mohr, Bruce Bawer, Roger Kimball, and biographer James Miller? David M. Halperin's Saint Foucault is an uncompromising and impassioned defense of the late French philosopher and historian as a galvanizing thinker whose career as a theorist and activist will continue to serve as a model for other gay intellectuals, activists, and scholars. A close reading of both Foucault and the increasing attacks on his life and work, it explains why straight liberals so often find in Foucault only counsels of despair on the subject of politics, whereas gay activists look to him not only for intellectual inspiration but also for a compelling example of political resistance. Halperin rescues Foucault from the endless nature-versus-nurture debate over the origins of homosexuality ("On this question I have absolutely nothing to say," Foucault himself once remarked) and argues that Foucault's decision to treat sexuality not as a biological or psychological drive but as an effect of discourse, as the product of modern systems of knowledge and power represents a crucial political breakthrough for lesbians and gay men. Halperin explains how Foucault's radical vision of homosexuality as a strategic opportunity for self-transformation anticipated the new anti-assimilationist, anti-essentialist brand of sexual identity politics practiced by contemporary direct-action groups such as ACT UP. Halperin also offers the first synthetic account of Foucault's thinking about gay sex and the future of the lesbian and gay movement, as well as an up-to-the-minute summary of the most recent work in queer theory. "Where there is power, there is resistance," Michel Foucault wrote in The History of Sexuality, Volume I. Erudite, biting, and surprisingly moving, Saint Foucault represents Halperin's own resistance to what he views as the blatant and systematic misrepresentation of a crucial intellectual figure, a misrepresentation he sees as dramatic evidence of the continuing personal, professional, and scholarly vulnerability of all gay activists and intellectuals in the age of AIDS.

Avidly Reads Theory

Author : Jordan Alexander Stein
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Avidly Reads is a series of short books about how culture makes us feel. Founded in 2012 by Sarah Blackwood and Sarah Mesle, Avidly—an online magazine supported by the Los Angeles Review of Books—specializes in short-form critical essays devoted to thinking and feeling. Avidly Reads is an exciting new series featuring books that are part memoir, part cultural criticism, each bringing to life the author’s emotional relationship to a cultural artifact or experience. Avidly Reads invites us to explore the surprising pleasures and obstacles of everyday life. This is a story about the emotional lives of ideas. As an avowed “theory head,” Jordan Alexander Stein confronts a contradiction: that the abstract, and often frustrating rigors of theory also produced a sense of pride and identity for him and his friends: an idea of how to be and a way to live. Although Stein explains what theory is, this is not an introduction or a how-to. Organized around five ways that theory makes us feel—silly, stupid, sexy, seething and stuck—Stein travels back to the late nineties to tell a story of coming of age at a particular moment and to measure how that moment lives on now.

Foucault and the Art of Ethics

Author : Timothy O'Leary
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The work of Michel Foucault has been extremely influential in fields as varied as philosophy, history, cultural studies, sociology and sexuality studies. In his later work, Foucault turned to the question of ethics. Working back through history, through the Christian interrogation of desire to the origins of the self in the texts of classical Greece, Foucault attempted to conceive of ethics as an art of the self, as an aesthetics of existence and as a practice of liberty. Foucault and the Art of Ethics argues that Foucault's exploration of the history of sexuality and his reinterpretation of the critical philosophical tradition combine to frame a new approach both to the way we understand the tasks of philosophy and to the way we live our lives. The book is essential reading for all those working at the intersection of contemporary debates in philosophy, ethics, politics and cultural studies.

Appalling Bodies

Author : Joseph A. Marchal
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The letters of Paul are among the most commonly cited biblical texts in ongoing cultural and religious disputes about gender, sexuality, and embodiment. Appalling Bodies reframes these uses of the letters by reaching past Paul toward other, far more fascinating figures that appear before, after, and within the letters. The letters repeat ancient stereotypes about women, eunuchs, slaves, and barbarians--in their Roman imperial setting, each of these overlapping groups were cast as debased, dangerous, and complicated. Joseph Marchal presents new ways for us to think about these dangers and complications with the help of queer theory. Appalling Bodies juxtaposes these ancient figures against recent figures of gender and sexual variation, in order to defamiliarize and reorient what can be known about both. The connections between the marginalization and stigmatization of these figures troubles the history, ethics, and politics of biblical interpretation. Ultimately, Marchal assembles and reintroduces us to Appalling Bodies from then and now, and the study of Paul's letters may never be the same.

Shared Estrangement

Author : Thomas John Roach
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Cultural History After Foucault

Author : John Neubauer
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Both as historian and maker of culture, Foucault infused numerous disciplines of study with a new conceptual vocabulary and an agenda for future research. His ideas have called central assumptions in Western culture into question and altered the ways in which scholars and social scientists approach such issues as discourse theory, theory of knowledge, Eros, technologies of the Self and Other, punishment and prisons, and asylums and madness. The contributors to this volume indicate Foucault's achievements and the suggestive power of his work, as well as his methodological weaknesses, historical inaccuracies, and ambiguities. Above all, they attempt to show how one can use Foucault to go beyond him in opening new approaches to cultural history. Though comprehensiveness was not attempted, their essays broach the major controversial aspects of Foucauldian cultural history--the position of the subject, the fusion of power and knowledge, sexuality, the historical structures and changes--and they explicitly analyze them with respect to antiquity, the Renaissance, and the nineteenth century. In this collection, Neubauer presents analyses by historians, literary scholars, and philosophers of the entire, transdisciplinary range of Foucault's oeuvre, emphasizing the rich suggestiveness of its agenda. The breadth of the undertaking makes it suitable for seminars and graduate courses in numerous departments.

The journal of medieval and early modern studies

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For Gau

Author : Gustave Chaix d'Est-Ange
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Michigan Quarterly Review

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Foucault s Pendulum

Author : Umberto Eco
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A mystery based on the discovery of ancient messages found in Milan about the religious beliefs of various groups.

Clio

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The Problems of Resistance

Author : Steve Martinot
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This volume seeks to bring into focus some of the main dimensions of political hegemony, including judicial repression, state terror, the structures of racialization, discrimination, and colonization. Against these, it then offers open-ended views of many different levels of resistance, from mass struggles and problems of national liberation to alternate ways of living one's intimate life within the community. The role of imagination, ideology, and critique in organizational activity, the problem of absorption by the hierarchy one resists, and modes of regeneration of political energies are all brought together as dimensions of cultures of resistance. The essays here collected do not offer solutions but raise questions within four main themes: domination, cultural formation, reification, and transformation. Ultimately, the various perspectives are based on the concept that autonomy is the fundamental building block of democracy. The different issues involved are viewed as moments on a common political trajectory leading toward the liberation of the human spirit from repressive social and cultural forces. Taken as a whole, these outstanding essays broaden our understanding of liberation and provide an excellent resource for philosophers and activists alike.

Yale French Studies

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Insult and the Making of the Gay Self

Author : Didier Eribon
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DIVPublished in English for the first time, Didier Eribon’ s well-received and celebrated work on a philosophy of and examination of gay life./div

Language Struggles in Gay Rights Controversies

Author : Sean Cahill
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The Human Service disciplines and Social Work

Author : Brian Trainor
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Michel Foucault

Author : Didier Eribon
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Michel Foucault (15 October 1926 - 25 June 1984) was a French philosopher, social theorist, historian of ideas, and literary critic. His philosophical theories addressed what power is and how it works, the manner in which it controls knowledge and vice versa, and how it is used as a form of social control. Foucault is best known for his critical studies of social institutions, most notably psychiatry, social anthropology of medicine, the human sciences, the prison system, and the history of human sexuality. His writings on power, knowledge, and discourse have been widely influential in academic circles.

History Apocalypse and the Secular Imagination

Author : Mark Vessey
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Sixteen contributions from political and social scientists, philosophers, and legal theorists examine issues relating to race and the inequalities attached to certain social identities. Topics include, for example, identity politics, desegregation busing, and human dignity in Kant's moral philosophy. The papers were originally presented at the 16th International Social Philosophy Conference (July 1999, Villanova, Pennsylvania). The volume is not indexed. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.

Governing Change

Author : Carol Johnson
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Carol Johnson's Governing Changeis a monograph covering political trends in Australia over the past decade. This new title in the UQP Australian Studies series complements Howard's Agenda. It investigates the changing style of government and politics in the final years of the twentieth century. Timed to coincide with introduction of GST.

Sexuality Down Under

Author : Allison Kirkman
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Sexuality permeates most aspects of everyday life. As it is both a hot topic and a taboo subject at the same time, its study is important and controversial. Essays in this book give many insights into issues surrounding sexuality in art, in advertising, in prostitution, in homosexual law reform and in relation to teenage motherhood, rape, medical practice, and male sexual 'disfunction'. As well, there are essays on how the West responded to indigenous Pacific peoples, and New Zealand's 'satanism scare' of the 1990s. CONTRIBUTORS: Chris Brickell, Barbara Collins, Rob Cover, Caroline Daley, Jenny Harper, Michael Hill, Jan Jordan, Allison Kirkman, Pat Moloney, Libby Plumridge, Cameron Pritchard, Tiina Varies.