Spaces of Crisis and Critique: Heterotopias Beyond Foucault

Spaces of Crisis and Critique: Heterotopias Beyond Foucault


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In Of Other Spaces Foucault coined the term “heterotopias” to signify “all the other real sites that can be found within the culture" which "are simultaneously represented, contested, and inverted.” For Foucault, heterotopic spaces were first of all spaces of crisis, or transformative spaces, however these have given way to heterotopias of deviation and spaces of discipline, such as psychiatric hospitals or prisons.

Foucault's essay provokes us to think through how spaces of crisis and critique function to open up disruptive, subversive or minoritarian fields within philosophical, political, cultural or aesthetic discourses. This book takes this interdisciplinary and international approach to the spatial, challenging existing borders, boundaries, and horizons; from Claire Colebrook's chapter unpacking the heterotopic spaces of America and Mexico that lie beyond reductive ideological spaces of light and darkness, to a Foucauldian reading of the Zapatista resistance.

With essays on politics, philosophy, literature, post-colonial studies, and aesthetics from established and emerging academics, this book answers Foucault's call to give us a better understanding of our present cultural epoch.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350021129
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 09/20/2018
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Anthony Faramelli is a Research Fellow at Kingston University, UK.

David Hancock is Senior Research Assistant at Buckinghamshire New University, UK.

Robert G. White is a PhD student at the London Graduate School, Kingston University, UK.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: “Sade and the Tales of Terror:” Foucault, Literature, Space
Prof Fred Botting (Kingston University London, UK)

Chapter 2: The Living Space of the Image
Prof Julien Reid (University of Lapland, Finland)

Chapter 3: Inside Comfort: The Interior and the Immune System
Dr Sheena Culley (Independent Scholar)

Chapter 4: The body's spacing: The Carceral body as heterotopia
Rob White (Kingston University London, UK)

Chapter 5: The Politics of the Hidden Space
Dr David Hancock (Buckinghamshire New University, UK)

Chapter 6: Mirror Mask: Zapatismo's Spaces of Resistance
Dr Anthony Faramelli (Kingston University London, UK)

Chapter 7: Scale and Refuge: Twilight of the Anthropocene
Prof Claire Colebrook (Pennsylvania State University, USA)


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