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Language, Madness, and Desire: On Literature

Jean-François Bert and Mathieu Potte-Bonneville

Abstract

As a transformative thinker of the twentieth century, whose work spanned all branches of the humanities, Michel Foucault had a complex and profound relationship with literature. And yet this critical aspect of his thought, because it was largely expressed in speeches and interviews, remains virtually unknown to even his most loyal readers. This book brings together previously unpublished transcripts of oral presentations in which Foucault speaks at length about literature and its links to some of his principal themes: madness, language and criticism, and truth and desire. The associations betw ... More

Keywords: literature, French literature, madness, criticism, Raymond Roussel, Michel Leiris, Marquis de Sade, La Nouvelle Justine, truth and desire, philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816693238
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816693238.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean-François Bert, editor

Mathieu Potte-Bonneville, editor

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The Silence of the Mad

Michel Foucault, Philippe Artières, Jean-François Bert, Mathieu Potte-Bonneville, Judith Revel, and Robert Bononno

Mad Language

Michel Foucault, Philippe Artières, Jean-François Bert, Mathieu Potte-Bonneville, Judith Revel, and Robert Bononno

Session 1 What Is Literature?

Michel Foucault, Philippe Artières, Jean-François Bert, Mathieu Potte-Bonneville, Judith Revel, and Robert Bononno

Session 2 What Is the Language of Literature?

Michel Foucault, Philippe Artières, Jean-François Bert, Mathieu Potte-Bonneville, Judith Revel, and Robert Bononno

Session 1 Why Did Sade Write?

Michel Foucault, Philippe Artières, Jean-François Bert, Mathieu Potte-Bonneville, Judith Revel, and Robert Bononno

Session 2 Theoretical Discourses and Erotic Scenes

Michel Foucault, Philippe Artières, Jean-François Bert, Mathieu Potte-Bonneville, Judith Revel, and Robert Bononno