Category Archives: The Early Foucault

The Archaeology of Foucault update 3: Early versions of some texts, the Port-Royal Grammar, Foucault’s work on literature, Bataille and Nietzsche, and a writing break in Wales

A lot of the time recently has been spent revising The Early Foucault, but that is now done, and in the run-up to term I spent a bit of time on this manuscript. Ordinarily I’d have had to spend this time preparing teaching, … Continue reading

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The Early Foucault Update 33: Completion of the manuscript, expanded table of contents, and moving into production

In the last update on the writing of this book, back in May, I talked about how the impact of the coronavirus had made it impossible to complete the manuscript. At that time, it wasn’t clear when I would be able … Continue reading

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The Archaeology of Foucault update 2: The Birth of the Clinic, a trip to Paris, working on courses on Sexuality and Les mots et les choses

While I continue to find focus a challenge as the world lurches from one crisis to another, I’ve been doing various bits of work for this book on Foucault’s work in the 1960s. I continued work on the comparison of … 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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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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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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“Foucault Was Always Much More Circumspect”: Stuart Elden on Foucault’s Politics and the Rediscovery of His Early Years – 2nd part of Journal of the History of Ideas interview

The second part of my interview with Jonas Knatz and Anne Schult for the Journal of History of Ideas blog is now available – “Foucault Was Always Much More Circumspect”: Stuart Elden on Foucault’s Politics and the Rediscovery of His … Continue reading

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Historicizing Foucault: Stuart Elden on Tracing Foucault’s Ideas from Discipline and Punish to the History of Sexuality

Historicizing Foucault: Stuart Elden on Tracing Foucault’s Ideas from Discipline and Punish to the History of Sexuality – part 1 of a longer interview at the Journal of History of Ideas blog, conducted earlier this month. My thanks to Anne … Continue reading

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