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Widely regarded as a master of the form, Foucault’s interviews were central to the public enactment of his thought. Yet, theorisation of Foucault’s engagement with the interview form remains underdeveloped. This chapter seeks to reassess Foucault’s interviews: they are not essential for accessing his work yet merely paratextual. Instead, whilst simultaneously resisting the inclination to establish a concrete œuvre – something Foucault himself cautioned against and, the chapter suggests, actively resists in interview – the chapter reads the interviews in relation to his written work, as well as his lecture courses (themselves ambivalently paratextual yet central to the corpus of his writing) to propose that Foucault’s interview work exceeds the function of the paratextual, constituting a distinct domain of his practice as a philosopher and public intellectual.


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