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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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British Academy 10-Minute Talks: The Early Foucault

I was pleased to be asked to give one of the British Academy 10-Minute Talks on The Early Foucault (Polity, 2021) The world’s leading professors explain the latest thinking in the humanities and social sciences in just 10 minutes. In … Continue reading

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Stuart Elden, The Early Foucault – Polity, June 2021 now published

Stuart Elden, The Early Foucault – Polity, June 2021 The book is now published, in both hardback and paperback, and is in bookstores, though getting copies outside of the UK might still take a while. It’s available as an e-book … Continue reading

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The Archaeology of Foucault update 6: the state of the manuscript, limited work in libraries, and editing work on Lefebvre and Dumézil

The big news for my Foucault work is the publication of The Early Foucault later this week. There is a piece on the Polity blog about the book here. But I’ve also been slowly working on the last of this … Continue reading

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Alisa Zhulina, ‘The Tyrant and the Martyr: Recent Research on Sovereignty and Theater’ – review essay in Journal of the History of Ideas (including Shakespearean Territories)

Alisa Zhulina, ‘The Tyrant and the Martyr: Recent Research on Sovereignty and Theater‘ – review essay in Journal of the History of Ideas (requires subscription). An interesting review essay, which includes discussion of my book Shakespearean Territories (University of Chicago … Continue reading

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Dante Fedele, The Medieval Foundations of International Law: Baldus de Ubaldis (1327–1400), Doctrine and Practice of the Ius Gentium – Brill 2021

Dante Fedele, The Medieval Foundations of International Law: Baldus de Ubaldis (1327–1400), Doctrine and Practice of the Ius Gentium – Brill 2021 This looks a really interesting study of Baldus, who was significant in the argument I make in The Birth … Continue reading

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