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March 23, 2007



There's an error in this post you might want to emend. The book recently published in English as "The History of Madness" is not a new translation of "Madness and Civilization." They are two different works. "The History of Madness" is a translation of Foucault's doctoral dissertation (written under the direction of Georges Canguilhem). It's true that the basic project of his dissertation became, in a sense, the book "Madness and Civilization," but they are different texts and date from different periods.

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Oh i enjoyed reading Foucault's "The History of Madness" ! Wrote a whole semester paper about it and then just kept on reading and reading.. I enjoyed very much hes perspectives of the world- what an incredible perception!

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What Is One-Way Street?

One-Way Street [Einbahnstrasse, 1928] was Walter Benjamin's first effort to break out of the narrow confines of the academy and apply the techniques of literary studies to life as it is currently lived. For Benjamin criticism encompasses the ordinary objects of life, the literary texts of the time, films in current release, and the fleeting concerns of the public sphere. Following Benjamin's lead, this blog is concerned with the political content of the aesthetic and representations of the political in the media. As Benjamin writes in One-Way Street, "He who cannot take sides should keep silent."