Genealogies of Philosophy: Lynne Huffer. Interviewed by Sidra Shahid and Jeremy Bendik-Keymer.
Part One 5 March 2021
Part Two 2 April 2021
Jeremy Bendik-Keymer and I sat down to talk to Lynne Huffer, who brings literary theory, French studies, queer theory, and philosophy to her work on Foucault. In her most recent book, Foucault’s Strange Eros, Lynne reads Foucault through a Sapphic lens, delivering an ethics of wonder and with it alternative possibilities for thinking and feeling.
In this first part of the interview, I wanted to understand Lynne’s path – how she arrived at her dazzlingly original reading of Foucault across her trilogy (Mad for Foucault, Are the Lips A Grave, and Foucault’s Strange Eros). Here Lynne tells us about the kind of ethics she finds in Foucault, the relationship between modes of writing and modes of thinking, what genealogy means for subjectivity, and how working with fragmentation and discontinuity can generate original possibilties for thinking and being.