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The Cambridge Introduction to Michel Foucault (Cambridge Introductions to Literature)

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French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault is essential reading for students in departments of literature, history, sociology and cultural studies. His work on the institutions of mental health and medicine, the history of systems of knowledge, literature and literary theory, criminality and the prison system, and sexuality, has had a profound and enduring impact acr ...more
Paperback, 138 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Cambridge University Press
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Damian
Saw this on Monday, bought it and then read it today.
Useful, good, concise, overview of Foucault's major works.
this is the second cambridge introduction to... book I've read this month, and will probably check out some others.

Lindsay
Useful academic introduction to Foucault. Author also covers different critiques of Foucault, including feminist and queer perspectives. I would recommend to anyone hoping to get a well-rounded review of his writings.
Eren Buğlalılar
F'nin temel eserlerinin güzel bir anlatımıydı. Bunun dışında onu eleştiren çalışmalara da atıflar vardı ki birkaç tanesini not aldım. Ama tabii ki F'nin Marksist eleştirisi yok. Hele bütün diyalektik teorisi herşeyin çelişki içinde olduğunu söylerken, yazarın 'Marksizm'de tek çatışma proletarya ile burjuvazi arasında olur, Foucault buna karşıydı' sözlerini ağlayarak okudum. "Anlayamazsınız".
Quin Rich
A good brief introduction to Foucault. Explains most of his major works, but unfortunately doesn't go into much depth and misses some of his key stuff (eg state racism). Nonetheless, very helpful for Foucault neophytes. Better if supplemented with applications of his work (eg feminist or queer theory). Good aid for a course.

I Foucouldn't. Then I Foucould. And Foucan too!
Kathleen
This is a very good, brief introduction to Foucault. Downing provides short summaries of his books, focusing on the significant concepts that emerge from each. The book is probably most useful for literary theory students, and much less useful for political theory students. There is a chapter devoted to Foucault's essays on writing and the author (the only chapter not related to a book of Foucault's), but no chapter on his political essays. So, personally, I don't have a lot of use for this book ...more
Nelson
Lisa Downing's book is by far the best overview on Foucault. It has deepened what I already know, as well as introduced me to crucial new information. Her book is highly accessible yet rigorously scholarly. Downing has given me a model for how to write my own critical introduction on the topic of ... :)
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