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Foucault and Christianity – a really interesting online resource from Niki Kasumi Clements, as part of the research for her book Foucault the Confessor.

As part of my research on Michel Foucault’s engagement with early Christian texts, I have been tracing his citational practices from 1974-1984 through his published works; gradually I will include citations from Foucault’s meticulous notes in his archives at theBibliothèque nationale de France. The 2018 posthumous publication,L’Histoire de la sexualité IV: Les aveux de la chair, edited by Frédéric Gros, is included; the 2021 translation by Robert Hurley,Confessions of the Flesh, contributes to the need to understand Foucault’s complex navigation of Christian texts and practices.

Currently processing the textual references Foucault makes to mainly early Christian texts in his monographs and Collège de France lectures between 1974 and 1984, the following dynamic data visualizations were built in Python by…

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2 thoughts on “Foucault and Christianity – an online citation resource from Niki Kasumi Clements

  1. Niki Kasumi Clements says:

    Thanks so much for sharing the digital tools on Foucault’s (mostly) Christian citations. Really glad that the tools are resonating as quick ways to see how complex and nuanced Foucault’s engagement with early Christian texts becomes over time.

    The 2018 Gallimard publication of Foucault’s draft of Les aveux de la chair and the 2021 translation as Confessions of the Flesh confirm the strange story also traceable through Foucault’s lectures (particularly at the CdF), monographs, and reading notes at the BnF. I’ll share my long article on this when released this spring (ten years in the making!), and for anyone who wants to get involved in the digital project, you can see more at the following links:

    http://www.nikiclements.com/foucault/

    Appreciate the engagement! – NKC

    1. Clare O'Farrell says:

      It’s a pleasure! Look forward to seeing more of your work. 🙂

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