Foucault News

News and resources on French thinker Michel Foucault (1926-1984)

American Comparitive Literature Association 2011
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver,
March 31st – April 3rd, 2011

“World Literature / Comparative Literature”
Seminar: Foucault and/on Literature
Seminar Organizer: Philip Goldstein, U of Delaware-Wilmington,
Philip Goldstein, U of Delaware-Wilmington

Summary
The question of how the work of Michel Foucault bears on the study of literature has been controversial. Some say that in his early work on madness Foucault indicates that, as a kind of counter discourse, literature resists the institutional technologies constituting the subject. Others say that in his later work on sexuality, Foucault shows that literature as well as other discourses fosters the aesthetic self-creation of the individual. Still others say that, as Foucault’s account of the author function suggests, literature is its own discourse with its own history and technologies.

Seminar Proposal Deadline: October 1, 2010
Deadline for Paper Proposals: November 1, 2010
For more information, contact conference@acla.org

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