Foucault, Disorderly Families: Infamous Letters from the Bastille Archives (2016)

It’s only taken 35 years, but Farge and Foucault’s Disorderly Families has finally appeared in English. Looking forward to seeing a copy soon.

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fargeDisorderly Families: Infamous Letters from the Bastille Archives
By Arlette Farge and Michel Foucault
Edited by Nancy Luxon
Translated by Thomas Scott-Railton
University of Minnesota Press | 344 pages | January 2017
ISBN 978-0-8166-9534-8 | jacketed cloth | $35.00

First published in French in 1982, this first English translation of Disorderly Families contains ninety-four letters collected by Arlette Farge and Michel Foucault from ordinary families who submitted complaints to the king of France in the eighteenth century to intervene and resolve their family disputes. Together, these letters offer unusual insight into the infamies of daily life.

PRAISE FOR DISORDERLY FAMILIES:
“An enlightening compilation that will leave historically inclined readers wanting to dig a little further into the archives.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Expertly edited, this thoughtful translation of Disorderly Families adds a central pillar to the English archive of Michel Foucault’s work. A source of fascination for him since at least…

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