Category Archives: Michel Foucault

The Early Foucault update 1: a week at the Bibliothèque Nationale

My post at the end of last week on beginning work on a possible book on the early Foucault got some attention and enthusiasm, for which I am grateful. By the time I posted it I was already in Paris, … Continue reading

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Jacques Lacan’s earliest seminars from 1952-53 – a question

Jacques Lacan began his weekly seminars in 1951, and these moved to the Sainte-Anne hospital in 1952. There are reports that from the first Sainte-Anne series these were typed by a shorthand typist. These shorthand typescripts were the basis for … Continue reading

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The Early Foucault – beginning work on a possible book

When I was in Australia early last year I bumped into Mark Kelly on the University of Melbourne campus. We had a conversation about the work each of us was doing on Foucault, and I said that after I’d finished … Continue reading

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Interview with Tank magazine on Foucault’s Last Decade

I’m interviewed by Thomas Roueché in the new issue of Tank magazine about Foucault’s Last Decade. The interview was conducted by phone, and then transcribed.

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Foucault’s Last Decade – discussion with Peter Gratton, Eduardo Mendieta and Dianna Taylor in Symposium (open access)

Peter Gratton, “Foucault’s Last Decade: An Interview with Stuart Elden, Eduardo Mendieta and Dianna Taylor“, Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, Vol 20 No 2, 2016, pp. 181-211. The interview is open access in pdf form.

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Books received – Sullivan, Rogers, Foucault companion, journals

. A copy of Garrett Sullivan Jr’s classic The Drama of Landscape, kindly sent by Garrett. I use this extensively in my work on Shakespeare. Dallas Rogers also sent a copy of his new book The Geopolitics of Real Estate, … Continue reading

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Endorsements for Foucault: The Birth of Power from Caren Kaplan and Bernard Harcourt

Two very generous endorsements for my next book Foucault: The Birth of Power, due out in early 2017. ‘Foucault: The Birth of Power opens an illuminating window into the process of political awakening and philosophical transformation as intellectual history. Drawing … Continue reading

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When did Foucault translate Leo Spitzer?

One of the few translations made by Michel Foucault, and perhaps the most unusual, was an essay by literary theorist Leo Spitzer. It was published as “Arts du langage et linguistique”, in Leo Spitzer, Etudes de style, Paris: Gallimard, 1970, pp. 45-78. (There are … Continue reading

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Foucault and the Making of Subjects – book launch at Goldsmiths,28 Nov 2016, 6pm

Foucault and the Making of Subjects – book launch at Goldsmiths,28 Nov 2016, 6pm Michel Foucault’s account of the subject has a double meaning: it relates to both being a “subject of” and being “subject to” political forces. This book … Continue reading

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Foucault and Shakespeare: Ceremony, Theatre, Politics – audio recording of Cambridge talk

On 7 November 2016 I gave a talk to the Political Thought and Intellectual History seminar, University of Cambridge, entitled “Foucault and Shakespeare: Ceremony, Theatre, Politics”. An audio recording is available here.

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