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The Cambridge Introduction to Michel Foucault (Cambridge Introductions to Literature)

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French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault is essential reading for students in departments of literature, history, sociology and cultural studies. His work on the institutions of mental health and medicine, the history of systems of knowledge, literature and literary theory, criminality and the prison system, and sexuality, has had a profound and enduring impact across the humanities and social sciences. This introductory book, written for students, offers in-depth critical and contextual perspectives on all of Foucault's major published works. It provides ways in to understanding Foucault's key concepts of subjectivity, discourse, and power and explains the problems of translation encountered in reading Foucault in English. The book also explores the critical reception of Foucault's works and acquaints the reader with the afterlives of some of his theories, particularly his influence on feminist and queer studies. This book offers the ideal introduction to a famously complex, controversial and important thinker.

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Author Downing's (French discourses of sexuality, U. of Exeter) introductory book on French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault was written for students in the fields of literature, history, cultural studies, and sociology. It offers ways for readers to understand Foucault's primary concepts of subjectivity, discourse and power, and also explains the difficulties of reading his work in translation. It also provides a critical and contextual perspective of all of his major works. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Covers Foucault's major works in depth, and offers clear explanations of his key themes of power and discourse.

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ISBN:
9780521682992
Author:
Downing, Lisa
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Subject:
Semiotics & Theory
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
Foucault, Michel
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Cambridge Introductions to Literature
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
138
Dimensions:
8.70x5.90x.40 in. .55 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Linguistics » General
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Humanities » Philosophy » General

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