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

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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
  • Lexile: 1540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Introduction 1
Pt. I Reading Foucault
1 Histoire de la folie: an unknown book by Michel Foucault 19
Pt. II Responses
2 Foucault and the psychiatric practitioner 45
3 Madness, medicine and the state 51
4 The two readings of Histoire de la folie in France 65
5 'The lively sensibility of the Frenchman': some reflections on the place of France in Foucault's Histoire de la folie 69
6 Foucault, history and madness 78
7 Foucault, ambiguity and the rhetoric of historiography 86
8 Reading and believing: on the reappraisal of Michel Foucault 105
9 Misunderstanding Foucault 110
10 Foucault's great confinement 119
11 Foucault, rhetoric and translation: figures of madness 126
12 Of madness itself: Histoire de la folie and the object of psychiatric history 142
13 A failure to communicate? On the reception of Foucault's Histoire de la folie by Anglo-American historians 150
Pt. III Review
14 Rewriting the history of misreading 167
15 Michel Foucault's Madness and Civilization: a selective bibliography with critical notations 185
Name index 218
Subject index 224
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