Category Archives: The Archaeology of Foucault

Stuart Elden, The Archaeology of Foucault – Polity, December 2022, cover and preorder details

The final book in my series of studies of Foucault, The Archaeology of Foucault, is due for publication with Polity in December 2022. On 20 May 1961 Foucault defended his two doctoral theses; on 2 December 1970 he gave his … Continue reading

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Indo-European Thought project update 3: Paris – Foucault, Canguilhem, Dumézil

I had a good two-week visit to Paris, where I worked at both the Mitterand and Richelieu sites of the Bibliothèque nationale, the Collège de France and the École normale supérieure. It was something of a transitional trip, doing a … Continue reading

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Michel Foucault, Madness, Language, Literature, edited by Henri-Paul Fruchaud, Daniele Lorenzini, and Judith Revel, translated by Robert Bononno, University of Chicago Press, February 2023

Michel Foucault, Madness, Language, Literature, edited by Henri-Paul Fruchaud, Daniele Lorenzini, and Judith Revel, translated by Robert Bononno, University of Chicago Press, February 2023 Newly published lectures by Foucault on madness, literature, and structuralism. Perceiving an enigmatic relationship between madness, language, … Continue reading

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The Archaeology of Foucault update 15: submission of the revised manuscript and the end of the project

On Wednesday afternoon, I submitted the final, revised manuscript of The Archaeology of Foucault to Polity. I’d submitted the manuscript for review in February during Warwick’s reading week, and had two very positive and useful reports back at the end of March. … Continue reading

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The Archaeology of Foucault update 14: working on madness and medicine and a complete draft

Although I’ve been teaching this term, I have also been working hard on the manuscript of The Archaeology of Foucault, in particular completing one chapter for which I had some draft material before. It’s the first chapter of the book, … Continue reading

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’Message ou bruit?’ Resituating a short text by Foucault on medicine

I’ve mentioned before how Dits et écrits, which is an excellent collection, can sometimes decontextualise a piece by Foucault, making it hard to see why it was written. Tracking down the original publication of pieces can often be difficult but is … Continue reading

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Stuart Elden, ‘The Archaeology of Foucault’, Modern French Research Seminar, University of Cambridge (online), 31 January 2022

I’ll be speaking about my ongoing Foucault work, and particularly the book on the 1960s, in an online seminar for the University of Cambridge on 31 January 2022 at 5-6.30pm. The public registration link for the seminar is here.

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The Archaeology of Foucault update 13: drafting the chapters on The Archaeology of Knowledge and sexuality; moving to work on madness and medicine

My optimistic idea of having a complete, even if very rough, draft of The Archaeology of Foucault before Christmas didn’t happen. I’d liked the idea of having a complete text, which I could then print and leave for a while … Continue reading

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Indo-European thought in twentieth-century France – the next major project

Although the manuscript on Foucault in the 1960s is not complete, the end is in sight, and I hope to have most of it done by early 2022. That book will complete my four-volume intellectual history of Foucault’s entire career. … Continue reading

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Books received – Kristeva, Lacan, Cahiers pour l’analyse, Benveniste

All bought second-hand, including the issue of Cahiers pour l’analyse with the questions to Foucault and his reply.

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