Foucault News

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

Prince’s Sign O’ The Times: celebrating 30 years of genius | British GQ BY GEORGE CHESTERTON, 07 Aug 2017 Thirty years ago, Prince released his ninth album, a collection of extraordinary songs that became the greatest record of its generation. The pop prodigy’s postmodern magnum opus obsessed with sex, death and faith remains a milestone …

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Review by Nicholas Till,  Times Higher Education. Olivia Bloechl, Opera and the Political Imaginary in Old Regime France University of Chicago Press, 272pp, £41.50ISBN 9780226522753Published 10 April 2018 [,,,] Bloechl turns to writers such as Michel Foucault, Judith Butler and Agamben, who have all theorised the ways in which power operates not only through the …

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“This Tale Is About You!”: On Bini Adamczak’s “Communism for Kids” – Los Angeles Review of Books, By Ross Wolfe JUNE 27, 2017 BINI ADAMCZAK’S Communism for Kids isn’t just for kids. The book is meant for readers of all ages, but its style is deliberately naïve. Adamczak addresses everyone as children in order to awaken their childlike …

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Bruce Robbins, The Other Foucault (book review) | The Nation, NOVEMBER 2, 2017 At his death in 1984, Michel Foucault left a letter stating that he wanted no posthumous publication of his work. He should have known better: The hunger for further clarification and elaboration of the master’s positions would prove irresistible. So too has …

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Paolo Vernaglione Berardi, Critica: La carne e l’amicizia Deleuze per Foucault, Laboratorio “archeologia filosofica”, 2018 Gilles Deleuze, Il potere. Corso su Michel Foucault (1985-1986)/2, Ombre Corte, 2018 On the occasion of the publication in France of  Les aveux de la chair, the “so called” fourth Foucault volume of the History of sexuality, and the contemporary publication …

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Mitchell Dean and Daniel Zamora, Did Foucault Reinvent His History of Sexuality Through the Prism of Neoliberalism? Los Angeles Review of Books THE RECENT PUBLICATION of the long-awaited fourth volume of his History of Sexuality, Les Aveux de la chair, [1] raises questions as to why and how Foucault chose to reinvent his magnum opus …

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Ball, M. (2018). Mariana Valverde (2017) Michel Foucault. Oxon: Routledge.. International Journal For Crime, Justice And Social Democracy, 7(1), 143-145. DOI: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v7i1.469 See also QUT eprints Abstract In this short and accessible volume, Mariana Valverde adopts the unenviable task not only of surveying Michel Foucault’s contributions to criminology and criminal justice but also of summarising relevant parts …

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This graphic novel is the biography of a painting. But perhaps it’s really about reality Review by Debkumar Mitra, Scroll.in, Published Oct 15, 2017 Santiago Garcia and Javier Olivares’s ‘The Ladies-In-Waiting’ tries to lift the veil of mystery over Velázquez’s famous work ‘Las Meninas’. A fictional account of a mysterious and famous painting and a …

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Roundup of media discussion of Foucault’s Les Aveux de la chair (mostly French) | Progressive Geographies Some of the media discussion of Foucault’s Les Aveux de la chair. Will add other pieces as I see them – do add comments if you know of more. Michel Foucault, culture physique – FranceCulture podcast Il est comment le dernier Michel …

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Book reviews: In the depths of the digital age, Financial Review, Nov 17 2016 Extract The most socially alarming effect of the digital revolution is the state of continuous surveillance endured, with varying levels of complaisance, by everyone who uses a smartphone. Bernard Harcourt’s intellectually energetic book Exposed surveys the damage inflicted on privacy by …

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