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Peng, Zheng (2012). “Discourse, Archeology, and Genealogy: The Development of Foucault’s Discourse Theory and Its Significance”. Foreign Literature Studies, Wai guo wen xue yan jiu (Wuhan Shi, China) , 34 (2), p. 129-36.

As a representative figure of the discourse theory, Foucault produced great influence on contemporary thoughts; however, his discourse theory did not remain unchanged. It is well known that it transformed from archeology to genealogy. This article is an analysis of the transformation. It will comprehensively analyze the conversion according the meaning of discourse, and try to figure out that the two viewpoints have the same intention-to disavow the traditional, continuous conception of history.

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