Histoire de la Sexualité 1: La Volonté de Savoir
Publish date: January 1st 1998
Publisher: Gallimard - Tel
Pages no: 248
Edition language: French
Series: The History of Sexuality (#1)
Even if the title, "The History of Sexuality", would suggest a regular exploration of the customs, traditions and concepts regarding sexuality during the course of centuries - and it would have been interesting anyway - actually Foucault proposes a different study from the beginning. Given that he h...
The History of Sexuality is a history with little to no citation. What struck me as particularly frustrating with Foucault in Discipline and Punish is also present here. Whereas I have some understanding of legal history to recognize the generalities and oversimplified principles operating within...
Foucault observes in The History of Sexuality, that confession, the trope of autobiography, “unfolds within a power relationship’”(61). The power of authority induces the subject to confess, while the power of the confessor resides in the act itself. Confessors, particularly in autobiography, gain t...
This is a perfect example of the kind of writing characterised by Clive James as prose that ‘scorns the earth for fear of a puncture’. Foucault may be able to think – it's not easy to tell – but he certainly can't write.Everywhere there is an apparent desire to render a simple thought impenetrable. ...
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