Madness and Civilization

Madness and Civilization

A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason

Book - 1973
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Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1973, c1965.
ISBN: 9780394719146
039471914X
9780679721109
067972110X
Branch Call Number: 616.89 F762
Characteristics: xiii, 299 p.

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Mar 19, 2018

Frenchman Michel Foucault was one of the towering (and polarizing) figures of French theory and criticism that emerged in the 50s and 60s and become deeply influential in literature, philosophy, and other media. I can't say that I really understand him, but he's interesting and provocative. Along with "Discipline and Punishment," which popularized the idea of the Panopticon, and the three-volume "The History of Sexuality," "Madness is Civilization" is his major work and a good place to start. I'd also recommend the recent French novel, "The Seventh Function of Language," in which Foucault, Derrida, and Barthes are characters.

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