Sara Raimondi, Method to the madness: Reading Foucault between geometry and brackets. Contemporary Political Theory (2022).
Lynne Huffer, Foucault’s Strange Eros, Columbia University Press, New York, 2020, xii+265pp., ISBN: 978- 0-2311-9714-4
Gregg Lambert, The Elements of Foucault, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2020, 143pp., ISBN: 978-1-5179-0877-5
It is a prolific and crucial age for Foucault studies, at a time when the name of the French author continues to be present not only in scholarly contributions but also in public debates. The publication, in early 2021, of the English translation of the fourth volume of the History of Sexuality, Les aveux de la chair (Confession of the Flesh), has already sparked new academic endeavours in the study of Foucault’s ongoing engagement with questions of subjectivity and sexuality and of his long-lasting interest in religion and early Christianity. Yet, such scholarly effervescence is balanced, if not counteracted, by the cropping up of Foucault’s name in some less likely circles of political discourse, such as the UK former minister for women and equality Liz Truss’ (2020) reference to Foucault in a speech where the French author is presented as the pioneering figure of a post-modernist philosophy that puts power structures ahead of individuals and where ‘truth and morality are all relative’.
In such a time of diverse interest in Foucault, Gregg Lambert’s The Elements of Foucault and Lynne Huffer’s Foucault Strange Eros appear as two meaningful attempts to contribute to the ever-growing pile of ‘tiny grains of sands’ (Lambert, pp. 1–2) that constitute the commentary on the ‘discourse of Foucault’.