Rewriting the History of Madness: Studies in Foucault's 'Histoire de la Folie'

Rewriting the History of Madness: Studies in Foucault's 'Histoire de la Folie'

by Arthur Still
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415066549

ISBN-13: 9780415066549

Pub. Date: 11/10/1992

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Michel Foucault has had an extraordinary impact on writers in the human sciences since his first book Madness and Civilization appeared in English. When it appeared in Britain in 1967 it was read as part of the anti-psychiatry movement of the time. Only retrospectively has it been seen as the start of a profoundly original and influential theory on the nature of…  See more details below

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Michel Foucault has had an extraordinary impact on writers in the human sciences since his first book Madness and Civilization appeared in English. When it appeared in Britain in 1967 it was read as part of the anti-psychiatry movement of the time. Only retrospectively has it been seen as the start of a profoundly original and influential theory on the nature of knowledge and power. Rewriting the History of Madness is a collection of essays centred around a provocative paper by Colin Gordon, which claims that major critics have failed to take note of the depth of Foucault's researches because of their excessive dependence on the English translation of the abridged 1965 edition. The chapters that follow take Gordon's essay as a starting-point, but range widely in drawing out the significance of Foucault's writings for modern thought in a variety of disciplines. With its annotated bibliography of anglophone reactions to Madness and Civilization, this book provides an excellent and lively approach to the literature on Foucault, and is an exciting assessment of the implications of his work in the history of madness and the historiography of the human sciences.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415066549
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/10/1992
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile:
1540L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Preface
Introduction1
Pt. IReading Foucault
1Histoire de la folie: an unknown book by Michel Foucault19
Pt. IIResponses
2Foucault and the psychiatric practitioner45
3Madness, medicine and the state51
4The two readings of Histoire de la folie in France65
5'The lively sensibility of the Frenchman': some reflections on the place of France in Foucault's Histoire de la folie69
6Foucault, history and madness78
7Foucault, ambiguity and the rhetoric of historiography86
8Reading and believing: on the reappraisal of Michel Foucault105
9Misunderstanding Foucault110
10Foucault's great confinement119
11Foucault, rhetoric and translation: figures of madness126
12Of madness itself: Histoire de la folie and the object of psychiatric history142
13A failure to communicate? On the reception of Foucault's Histoire de la folie by Anglo-American historians150
Pt. IIIReview
14Rewriting the history of misreading167
15Michel Foucault's Madness and Civilization: a selective bibliography with critical notations185
Name index218
Subject index224

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