Key Theories of Michel Foucault

Over three decades after his death, Michel Foucault’s (1920–1984) legacy continues to impact upon the humanities. Key phrases and concepts drawn from Foucault’s historical work now form part of the everyday language of criticism and analysis. Foucault’s texts continue to resonate with contemporary readers, and this resonance can be misunderstood in a chronological survey of his… Read More Key Theories of Michel Foucault

Foucault’s Influence on New Historicism

The anti-establishment ethos of New Historicism wasprofoundly influenced by Foucault‘s theories of Power/Knowledge and Discourse. Foucault observed that the discourse of an era brings into being concepts, oppositions and hierarchies, which are products and propagators of power, and these determine what is “knowledge”, “truth” and “normal” at a given time. Drawing on Jeremy Bentham‘s notion… Read More Foucault’s Influence on New Historicism

Postcolonialism’s Engagement with Language

Postcolonialism is characterized by the rejection of Western universalism and political imperialism, soon after independence gained by Asian and African countries, and an awareness that the colonizer’s language is permanently tainted and to write in it involves a subjugation to colonial structures. The expression “postcolonial discourse” refers to the viewpoint of several critics from the… Read More Postcolonialism’s Engagement with Language

Foucault’s Influence on Postmodern Thought

  Michel Foucault, best known for his critical studies of social institutions, such as psychiatry, medicine, the human sciences, and the prison systems as well as for his work on the history of human sexuality, has been tremendously influential on postmodern thought, especially through his writings on power, knowledge, and discourse. Overthrowing the Enlightenment ideal… Read More Foucault’s Influence on Postmodern Thought