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ERIC Number: ED377503
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 10
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The Rhetoric of Revelation: The Case of Biographical Representations of Michel Foucault.
Nash, Susan Smith
Scholars and educators concerned with the work of Michel Foucault should approach James Miller's biography "The Passion of Michel Foucault" with a fair degree of skepticism because the author's motives for writing the book call into question his findings. According to Miller's own preface, he enters his project with his agenda already spelled out. He intends to read Foucault's life work, which covers the history of ideas, knowledge, and institutions, as if his oeuvre comprised one enormous "roman a clef," and contained the confession and self-revelation that Foucault so assiduously avoided during his life. Miller weaves the fragments of Foucault's texts into a biographical narrative of such seamlessness that readers may be unaware of what is happening and how their views are being manipulated. In many ways, Miller has followed a strategy he ascribes to Foucault--he has obscured or camouflaged his controversial agenda by bulwarking it in brilliantly thorough traditional scholarship. His approach is traditional in that he believes there is a causal link between a person's life and writing. He holds that the formative events of Foucault's childhood and adolescence in post-WWII Poitiers, France, shaped his personality and world view in a way that corresponds with psychoanalytic paradigms. Unfortunately, this may lead Miller to look for precipitating causes where none exist. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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