The Cambridge Introduction to Michel Foucault

The Cambridge Introduction to Michel Foucault

by Lisa Downing
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521682991

ISBN-13: 9780521682992

Pub. Date: 10/06/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault is essential reading for students in departments of literature, history, sociology and cultural studies. His work on the institutions of mental health and medicine, the history of systems of knowledge, literature and literary theory, criminality and the prison system, and sexuality has had a profound and enduring

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French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault is essential reading for students in departments of literature, history, sociology and cultural studies. His work on the institutions of mental health and medicine, the history of systems of knowledge, literature and literary theory, criminality and the prison system, and sexuality has had a profound and enduring impact across the humanities and social sciences. This introductory book, written for students, offers in-depth critical and contextual perspectives on all of Foucault's major published works. It provides ways in to understanding Foucault's key concepts of subjectivity, discourse and power, and explains the problems of translation encountered in reading Foucault in English. The book also explores the critical reception of Foucault's works and acquaints the reader with the afterlives of some of his theories, particularly his influence on feminist and queer studies. This book offers the ideal introduction to a feminist and queer studies. This book offers the ideal introduction to a famously complex, controversial and important thinker.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521682992
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/06/2008
Series:
Cambridge Introductions to Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

List of abbreviations

1 Life, texts, contexts 1

2 Works: madness and medicine 22

3 Works: the death of man 38

4 Works: authors and texts 53

5 Works: crime and punishment 69

6 Works: The History of Sexuality 86

7 Critical receptions 104

Afterword 118

Notes 121

Selected further reading 130

Index 134

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