Colin Gordon, Notes on some papers (2015)

Colin Gordon – editor of Power/Knowledge and co-editor of The Foucault Effect – has been putting several of his papers on Foucault News rounds up some of the recent ones.

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Notes on some papers uploaded on

Colin Gordon, 11 February 2015.

All but one of these uploads are about Michel Foucault’s History of Madness and/or issues relating to madness and psychiatry.

There is some information about individual pieces in the abstracts.

 “History of madness, history of exclusion”was the result of a commission for the Blackwells Companion to Foucault. This version had to be significantly shortened for publication, omitting discussions of complementary work by other historians which bears on the idea of a history of exclusion. The chapter aimed to restore an understanding of the conceptual architecture and political context of a book which has tended to be consistently underrated by commentators.

History of madness really deserves its own ‘companion’ volume, and I have a longish-term aspiration to put one together. Watch this space…

“La ‘Storia della follia’ in Inghilterra”was commissioned by Mauro Bertani and…

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