The Burble of Blurbs

Lynne Huffer, Mad for Foucault: Rethinking the Foundations of Queer Theory

Enchanted I composed a Google Books review (more of a blurb)

Tackles the misconception that Foucault endorses a linear time line from acts to identities. Does so with brilliance. Devoting attention to the history of the texts in their English and French versions. Linguistically savvy and ever careful to contextualize and contrast French and Anglo-American reception. Attuned to questions of style and irony. And is itself an incarnation of an ethical style.

I now note that neither “sodomite” nor “homosexual” nor “queer” are terms in this blurb. Or “erotic” ethical style. And until now I wouldn’t have known where to insert “queer” into the flow.

Tackles the misconception that Foucault endorses a linear time line from [sodomite] acts to [homosexual] identities. Does so with brilliance. Devoting attention to the history of the texts in their English and French versions. Linguistically savvy and ever careful to contextualize and contrast French and Anglo-American reception. Attuned to questions of style and irony. And is itself an incarnation of a [queer erotic] ethical style.

Bracketing the adjectives and toggling between the specificity and the unspecified makes one wonder if sometimes a queering is an unnaming …

And so for day 2509
26.10.2013

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