Re: Basic info on Foucault for reading Bob Goss

I think Diane is thinking about Foucault's HERCULINE BARBIN. But, remember
that in that there is only--- what 9-10 pp. of fouculat. --- and certainly
it is not exemplary of his various positions (my perspective). but, in any
case the way to go for a foucaultian take her is through judith butler, no?
especially in hier book gender trouble where she dismantles the humanist
assumptions that undergird his short preface to that book. then of course
follow up with MORE GENDER TROUBLE (anthology just out in the fall) and her
BODIES THAT MA{TTER. but, if one is already familiar with the queer theory
lit. then these items are already on the list, no?

best wishes.


>M J R Gaffikin wrote:
>> Change your course.
>> > Date: Mon, 29 Jan 96 18:57:16 -0800
>> > From: Leslie Addison <laddison@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> > To: foucault@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> > Subject: Basic info on Foucault for reading Bob Goss
>> > Reply-to: foucault@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> > I am wondering if any of the folks on this list might be able
>> > to help me out with baisc info on Foucault, or
>> > deconstructionism. I am a grad student in theology, writing a
>> > thesis on queer Christology. One of the texts I am using is
>> > _Jeus Acted Up_ by Bob Goss. I think that one of Goss' s main
>> > interests in using deconstructionism is based on Foucault's
>> > sexuality, and plan to critque him on that, as well as use of
>> > what I believe to be a false binary system. However, I need to
>> > have a succeint way of explaining Foucault in like two
>> > sentences. Any suggestions, pointers, etc.?
>> >
>> > Leslie
>> > laddison@xxxxxxxxxx
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> Cheers
>> Michael
>> Unhappiness
>> Let no one till his death
>> Be called unhappy. Measure not the work
>> Until the day's out and the labour done.
>> Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)
>I'm not sure how to take Micheal's answer to you up there, so let me start
>WOW! What a kul thesis you have going! I'm not familiar with any projects like
>queer christology, so I'd say GO FOR IT. It sounds intriguing.
>On the other hand, I don't think it's possible to deal with Foucault "in
one or two
>sentences." It would be an enormous disservice to him for us to offer him
up to
>you like that...and then another one for you to use the info like that. I
do think
>Foucault would be of help to you in a big way, but not like that. Your
>even in your critique of Goss's "false binary system" already partakes of
>deconstruction. You are doing it. It's an intricate unhinging of the hinges
we tend
>to (phal)logocentrically assume. Derrida discusses two types: negative
>deconstruction, which is basically a privilege-flipping--flipping the
>from one side of the binary to the other (from male to female, white to
black, good
>to evil, etc.). This is important b/c in the switching, the assumed and
>unquestioned privilege calls attention to itself and becomes unstable...
>From a
>negative deconstruction, one can move into an affirmative one. Affirmative
>deconstruction is a search for third subject positions, outside the binary
>altogether. Not Hegel's thirds, though...we're not talking about anything
>sequential or a simple synthesis. We're talking about a third outta the
>third that is totally Other. Foucault performs this beautifully in his
work on the
>hermaphrodite...gods, I can't remember the name of that book...(Help me out
>foucault people).
>One of the laws of reason/logos is that one must be either male or female,
>both and never neither, but the hermaphrodite is a border who
>indeed IS niether and/or both. If I were you, I'd get my hands on that
>someone here will kindly come up with the title!! B/c there, you'll get
Foucault by
>Foucault and you'll also get a taste of deconstruction in line with your
>CU. keep me informed, too. I'm interested.
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> D Diane Davis D
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