Randy McDonald (rfmcdpei) wrote,
Randy McDonald

[BRIEF NOTE] Two Foucault Links

one_serious_cat links to Michel Foucault's 1978 "What Are the Iranians Dreaming About?", originally published in Le Nouvel Observateur in October of 1978. Based on what Foucault wrote at the time and on what we know about the outcome of the Islamic Revoltion, it is certain that he was tragically mistaken in believing that the country which had invented the state in the first place was now in the process of demolishing it. Refer to my post of earlier this evening about the inevitable adulteration of theory by reality, in this case, the desire of revolutionaries to have their ideology triumphant.

Tom Epps' essay "The Body of Foucault" is an innovative piece of writing that borrows the style of Foucault's famous description of the 1757 execution of Robert François Damiens, attempted assassin of Louis XV, at the beginning of Discipline & Punish to describe the decomposition of the author Foucault, literally and otherwise. It's a significant accomplishment.
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