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Harriet Beecher Stowe A Life

Although there is scarcely more than a passing mention of homosexuality in Michel Foucault's scholarly writing he became, after dying of AIDS in 1984, a powerful source of both personal and political inspiration to an entire generation of gay activists. As such, he has acquired mainstream detractors who have systematically distorted and misrepresented this crucial intellectual figure. David M. Halperin's Saint Foucault is an uncompromising and impassioned defense of the late French philosopher and historian. Despite his statement that his work "had nothing to do with gay liberation," it portrays Foucault as a galvanizing thinker whose career as a theorist and activist will continue to serve as a model for other gay intellectuals. Halperin argues that his decision to treat sexuality not as a bilogical or psychological drive but as the product of mern systems of knowledge and power, represents a crucial political breakthrough for lesbians and gay men. foucault's radical vision of homosexuality as a strategic opportuinty for self-transformation is shown to have anticipated the new brand of sexual identity politics practiced by contemporary action groups such as ACT UP. Pointing to the withering scrutiny of such commentators as Camille Paglia, Richard Mohr, Bruce Bawer, Roger Kimball, and biographer James Miller, Saint Foucault forcefully illustrates the continuing personal, professional, and scholarly vulnerability of all gay activists and intellectuals in the age of AIDS
eBook, English, 1995
Oxford University Press, New York, 1995
1 Online-Ressource (544 pages)
9780198023104, 0198023103