Hannah Arendt, On Revolution (2006a:
[W]hat occurred in the eighteenth century in some Western
countries … was a different phenomenon having perhaps a wider impact
than the new morality; this was nothing less than the entry of life into
MichelFoucault, The Will to Knowledge
Foucault, confession, and Donne
Joel M. Dodson
This chapter reconsiders MichelFoucault’s critique of confession in order to
examine, in slightly broader yet more methodological terms, what exactly we
mean by negotiating ‘confessional’ conflict in late Reformation English literature. My aim is to use Foucault to re-think Foucault: to read Foucault’s
later lectures on the ‘care of the self ’ as an alternate model for historicizing
doctrinal affiliation in late Tudor and early Stuart literature rather than the
penal or penitential vocabulary elaborated
influential The Literature of
Terror ( 1980 ).
Punter’s reading of the historical importance of the late eighteenth
century – as a period witnessing significant developments in the
formation of the modern self -echoes the traditional view of Romanticism
as an epiphenomenon of the modern. MichelFoucault’s similar
periodization of the late eighteenth century – where a series of
demanding, like Hirshfield’s speaker, and inclined to say nothing. Let me attempt, in other words, to think the reticences and resistances within transfiguration.
I want to think these things both with and against the form and content of some of MichelFoucault’s lectures from 1980 at the Collège de France. These lectures’ characterization of early Christian monastic practice, and specifically of monastic discretio , as a production of truth seems to impose upon its texts a mode of speaking which is not their own, a kind of univocal speech where these texts may, in
Ethics and educationality – Disciplinarity – Principles of reading – Theory and detachment – Problematics – Reconstructing modern cultural theory – Adorno, Foucault, Bourdieu
This book is concerned with the scope of cultural theory in its modern – it might even be said in its modernist – form. This introductory chapter considers what this concern might mean, and why it might be of interest.
Ethics and educationality
The three thinkers under most consideration in the pages that follow – Theodor Adorno, MichelFoucault and Pierre
Introduction: understanding bioprecarity
This chapter elaborates the notion of bioprecarity as it is utilized in this volume by drawing on three theoretical concepts that have not been ‘thought together’ before. They are intimate labour as discussed in Boris and Parreñas’ work ( 2010 ); bios , as understood in MichelFoucault’s writings ( 2008 ); and precarity as originally developed in France in the 1970s, then taken up by Judith Butler ( 2004 ) in the context of war, terrorism, survival and grievable lives and popularized in relation to new forms of
disciplining and controlling children and women were simply more extreme, but there
is plenty of evidence to suggest that the Irish body demands more attention.
1 The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse Report,
vol. III (Dublin: The Stationery Office, 2009), p. 56.
2 MichelFoucault, Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison (New York: Vintage Books,
1979), pp. 3–6.
3 Jennifer O’Connell, ‘You Wouldn’t Hit a Partner for Their Own Good, So Why Would You
Hit a Child’, Irish Times, 6 February 2013.
4 MichelFoucault, The
A decade ago, just out of
graduate school, I published an article exploring questions of the
politics of representation in jazz criticism in which I argued that,
in some contexts, ‘the death of the author’ actually
promotes the abuse of cultural power that MichelFoucault objected
to in his 1969 lecture Qu’est-ce qu’un auteur? ,
MichelFoucault , ‘ La scène de la
philosophie ’, interview with M. Watanabe, 22 April
1978, Sekai (July 1978), 312–32; reprinted in Daniel
Defert and François
Ewald with Jacques
Lagrange (eds), Dits et écrits 1954–1988 ,
2 vols. ( Paris : Éditions Gallimard , 2001 ), 2 (1976–88): pp. 571 – 95 (p. 572
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