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Jean-François Bert and Mathieu Potte-Bonneville

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816693238

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816693238.001.0001

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The Silence of the Mad

The Silence of the Mad

Chapter:
(p.7) The Silence of the Mad
Source:
Language, Madness, and Desire
Author(s):

Michel Foucault

, Philippe Artières, Jean-François Bert, Mathieu Potte-Bonneville, Judith Revel, Robert Bononno
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816693238.003.0001

This consists of an interview with Michel Foucault by Jean Doat on madness and silence. The discussion, using excerpts from King Lear, Don Quixote, Rameau’s Nephew, and Artaud’s correspondence with Jacques Rivière, focuses on madness and the awareness of madness by those afflicted. There are excerpts and a discussion of lettres de cachet, which were used to incarcerate people on the basis of little more than a complaint from a family member, neighbor, or the police.

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

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