Category Archives: Books

My first book, Mapping the Present is 20 years old…

It was twenty years ago today that my first book, Mapping the Present: Heidegger, Foucault and the Project of a Spatial History was published. I received an advance on 4 October 2001. The contract was signed with Athlone, who became … Continue reading

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Stuart Elden: The Early Foucault reviewed by Michael Maiden, Phenomenological Reviews

The Early Foucault (Polity, 2021) is reviewed by Michael Maiden at Phenomenological Reviews Stuart Elden’s The Early Foucault is the third of a four-volume study of the origins and development of Michel Foucault’s thought. This book is the first one regarding the … Continue reading

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The Archaeology of Foucault update 10: cycling in Wales, work on The Order of Things, Nietzsche and a short trip to Paris

In the last part of the summer I was able to make some good progress on this manuscript. In late August and early September I had two-week writing and cycling break in Wales. The weather was good until the last … Continue reading

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The Archaeology of Foucault update 9: further work on linguistics, Roussel and the 1970 visits to Buffalo and Japan

This manuscript is slowly coming together. I’ve continued working on the linguistics and literary analysis texts in Folie, langage, littérature. For space reasons, I’ve had to keep the discussion of these down, though in many respects they reinforce or supplement points made in the … Continue reading

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Acid Horizon podcast: ‘Foucault (With Hair)’ – discussion of The Early Foucault

Acid Horizon podcast: ‘Foucault (With Hair)’ – discussion of The Early Foucault On this episode, Adam and Will are joined by Stuart Elden to discuss his latest book, The Early Foucault. We discuss the academic experiences and personal relationships that were … Continue reading

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The Archaeology of Foucault update 8: a nearly complete draft of the chapter on art, and progress with literature and linguistics

One excellent piece of advice I picked up sometime in June was that while it might make sense to think of the autumn term as the beginning of the academic year, for research it makes sense to think of the … Continue reading

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A minor note on the two versions of Foucault’s ‘This is Not a Pipe’, and the problems of the translation in Essential Works

Foucault’s text on René Magritte, “Ceci n’est pas une pipe”, was published first in French in 1968 (reprinted in Dits et écrits as text 53), and then in a revised and expanded form as a book in 1973. The 1973 book was … Continue reading

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Gavin Hollis reviews Shakespearean Territories in Renaissance Quarterly (open access)

Gavin Hollis generously reviews my 2018 book Shakespearean Territories in Renaissance Quarterly (open access). The work of the prolific political theorist and geographer Stuart Elden merits further engagement by literary historians of early modernity, in particular anyone interested in matters … Continue reading

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The Archaeology of Foucault update 7: more UK library work on Foucault and Dumézil; Foucault work on literature and art

Now that marking is complete, and the end of term is here, it’s been great to regain time and focus for this work. Some of the nice comments I had about The Early Foucault helped to encourage this. I’m not tired of this book, … Continue reading

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Alison Downham Moore and Stuart Elden, review essay on ‘Foucault’s 1960s lectures on sexuality’ (open access)

Alison Downham Moore and Stuart Elden, review essay on ‘Foucault’s 1960s lectures on sexuality‘, Theory, Culture & Society (open access) This is part of the special issue on ‘Foucault Before the Collège de France’, which I’m co-editing with Orazio Irrera … Continue reading

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