History 200 B            Winter 2003              Monday 4-7 pm
         Mark Poster                     HOB 126                  Office: Krieger Hall 230

History and Theory: Foucault

Required Texts
Seminar Topics
Writing Assignments

Required Texts:

  1. Robyn Wiegman, American Anatomies (Duke)
  2. Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish (Pantheon)
  3. _______________, The History of Sexuality, Vol.1 (Pantheon)
  4. _______________, Power/Knowledge (Pantheon)
  5. _______________, "What is an Author?" (Paul Rabinow, ed., Foucault Reader, pp. 101-120)
  6. Graham Burchell, et al, eds., The Foucault Effect (University of Chicago)
  7. Irene Diamond & Lee Quinby, eds., Feminism and Foucault (Northeastern University)
  8. Judith Walkowitz, City of Dreadful Delight (University of Chicago)
  9. Ann Laura Stoler, Race and the Education of Desire (Duke)

Seminar Topics and Reading Assignments

January  6  Introduction: The Basic Concepts of Cultural History

January 13 The Self and Cultural History

  •           Foucault, "What Is An Author?" (Distribution to be arranged)

     Also recommended, Bonnie Smith, The Gender of History (1998), Ch. 3,  pp. 70-102 for a gender analysis of the historian as author.

January 20 Foucault and Poststructuralism I

    • Power/Knowledge, pp. 78-145 (also of interest pp. 146-229)

January 27 Foucault and Poststructuralism II

    • The Foucault Effect Chs 2, 3, 4 pp. 53-104
    • Supplementary Reading:
    •     Patrick Joyce, Democratic Subjects: The Self and the Social in 19th Century England (Cambridge, 1994)
    •     Nikolas Rose, Governing the Soul (Routledge, 1990)

February  3  Foucault on Language and Action

    • Foucault, Discipline and Punish

Supplementary Reading:

Mark Poster, Foucault, Marxism and History

Barry Smart, Foucault, Marxism and Critique


February 10 Foucault and the History of Sex

    • Foucault, The History of Sexuality Vol. 1

Supplementary Reading:

Didier Eribon, “Michel Foucault’s Histories of Sexuality,” GLQ, 7:1 (2001) pp. 31-86

            Robert Nye, Masculinity and Male Codes of Honor in Modern France


February 17 No Class – Presidents’ Day


February 24 Feminist Theory and History

    • Irene Diamond and Lee Quinby, eds., Feminism and Foucault (Boston: Northeastern, 1988) essays by Martin, Bartky and Sawicki, pp. 3-20; 61-86; 177-192

Supplementary Reading:

Teresa de Lauretis, Technologies of Gender

Gabrielle Spiegel, "History, Historicism and the Social Logic of the Text," Speculum 65 (1990) pp.59-86
Lois McNay, Foucault and Feminism


March 3 Women, Poststructuralism and History

    • Judith Walkowitz, City of Dreadful Delight

Supplementary Reading:

Sally Alexander, "Women, Class and Sexual Difference," History Workshop, 17 (Spring 1984) pp.125-149

Joan Landes, Women and the Public Sphere


March 10 Race and Gender

    • Robyn Wiegman, American Anatomies, pp.1-114  OR
    • Ann Laura Stoler, Race and the Education of Desire

Writing Assignments

There will be one paper (15 to 20 typewritten and double-spaced pages) due at the end of the quarter in which you will be asked to analyze the use of theory in one of the historical studies assigned as reading during the course. Papers are due, in my mailbox, at NOON, March 19th.