Foucault Studies 22 – ‘Foucault and Rome’, interview with me, and review of Foucault’s Last Decade

cover_issue_703_en_US.jpgThe new issue of Foucault Studies is now out – the bulk is a theme section on ‘Foucault and Roman Antiquity: Foucault and Rome’, edited by Richard Alston and Shreyaa Bhatt.

The issue also includes separate articles, a translation of Foucault’s ‘Cuvier’s Situation in the History of Biology’; an interview with me conducted by Antoinette Koleva, one with Julian Reid, and a very kind review of Foucault’s Last Decade by Kurt Borg. All open access.

The interview with me will also appear in Bulgarian in a special issue of the journal Sociological Problems {Социологически проблеми}, a publication of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Michel Foucault.

Here’s one especially nice paragraph from Kurt Borg’s review:

Foucault’s Last Decade has various merits. It is cogently argued: Elden’s contention that the question of confession is key to understanding the transformations that The History of Sexuality underwent is convincing. It is extensively researched: Elden’s eye for detail and accuracy is painstaking but never pedantic. Indeed, the book contains various references to sources which are familiar and to others that were unearthed and compiled by Elden as “The Uncollected Foucault” in Foucault Studies. The major contribution of this book is its well-informed study of the history of The History of Sexuality in Foucault’s last decade, which Elden does excellently by considering together the books Foucault actually published, his various lecture courses and interviews, and biographical details. Regarding the latter, Elden claims that Foucault’s “wider life is discussed only in relation to how it impacts on his work.” (5) In so doing, Elden avoids the pitfalls of implausible speculations drawn out of Foucault’s private life. The book exhibits the virtues of meticulous and careful scholarship in their richness.

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