Chez Foucault, the 1978 Fanzine That Introduced Students to the Radical French Philosopher (2015)

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Chez Foucault, the 1978 Fanzine That Introduced Students to the Radical French Philosopher, Open Culture Blog, 5 March 2015

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Into this fomenting intellectual culture stepped French theorist Michel Foucault, who first lectured in the U.S. in 1975 after the publication of his History of Sexuality. Foucault was a true product of the French university system and an academic superstar of sorts, as well as a gadfly of revolutionary movements fromParis in ’68, to Iran in ’79, to Berkeley in the 80s. His work as a philosopher and political dissident prompted one biographer to refer to him as a “militant intellectual,” though his politics could sometimes be as obscure as his prose. By 1981, he had risen to such cultural prominence in the States that Time magazine published a profile of him and his “growing cult.” One of Foucault’s American acolytes, Simeon Wade…

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2 responses to “Chez Foucault, the 1978 Fanzine That Introduced Students to the Radical French Philosopher (2015)

  1. Once upon a time there was a disconnect in punky New York teens between the yabos and the ones who read mimeos of Foucault’s lectrures in french concerning the history of madness

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