Category Archives: Books

Books received – Dumézil, Lévi-Strauss, Mountz, Balzac

Some recently published or reprinted books from University of Minnesota Press in recompense for review work, including Alison Mountz, The Death of Asylum: Hidden Geographies of the Enforcement Archipelago and a new translation of Balzac’s Lost Illusions, and some second-hand books, mainly in … Continue reading

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Five letters from père Festugière to Michel Foucault (1956-1957), edited by Pierre Vesperini, Anabases (requires subscription)

Pierre Vesperini,“« Un gentil mécréant, avec qui l’on entre aussitôt dans le seul monde qui compte »: Cinq lettres du père Festugière à Michel Foucault (1956-1957)”, Anabases 31, 2020, 125-130. André-Jean Festugière was known to me as the translator of … Continue reading

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The Archaeology of Foucault update 1: Organisation, textual comparisons and a working timeline

After an initial burst of enthusiasm, I’m already beginning to realise the scale of some of the tasks ahead of me with this book. The final chapter of The Early Foucault discusses the way History of Madness was initially received, … Continue reading

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Beginning work on ‘The Archaeology of Foucault’

While work on The Early Foucault is just about complete, though stuck until I can get back to Paris, I’m today beginning work on ‘The Archaeology of Foucault’, the fourth and final book in this sequence. It fills in the … Continue reading

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Books received – Benveniste, Dumézil, Merleau-Ponty, Piel (and a note on the political controversy around Dumézil)

A pile of second-hand books, all for the Foucault work and related projects. In particular I’m writing a piece on Foucault and Dumézil, which is mainly about their understandings of sovereignty. In that piece, which I think will largely focus … Continue reading

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Two reviews of Shakespearean Territories (University of Chicago Press, 2018) by Sarah Dustagheer and Karen Culcasi

Two generous and thoughtful reviews of Shakespearean Territories (University of Chicago Press, 2018) – Karen Culcasi in Journal of Historical Geography (open access) – Sarah Dustagheer by Social and Cultural Geography (requires subscription, unfortunately) Here’s the beginning of the first review: Stuart Elden’s latest book Shakespearean … Continue reading

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Building a personal research and teaching library…

Building a personal research and teaching library – a few thoughts inspired by Dave Beer, The case of bookcases. Thank you to Dave both for this post and encouraging me to say something about my books. At home, I’m fortunate … Continue reading

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Dave Beer, The case of bookcases

Dave Beer, The case of bookcases– a followup post to The writing moment: Three difficulties with writing in this time of upheaval Some interesting reflections from Dave on the bookshelf as backdrop, and the separation from a personal collection. Perhaps I … Continue reading

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The Early Foucault Update 32: Unable to finish a manuscript during lockdown

While these are strange and disruptive times, as much as I’m able, I’m trying to make progress on this book manuscript. I’d intended to submit it to Polity by the end of April, but that unfortunately wasn’t possible. I can … Continue reading

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Terrains and Territories – Stuart Elden and Nico Buitendag discussion at Undisciplined

Terrains and Territories – Stuart Elden and Nico Buitendag discussion at Undisciplined Many thanks to Nico for this invitation, and for a wide-ranging discussion that touches on nearly everything I’ve worked on. This is part of a series of discussions … Continue reading

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