Foucault and extradiscursive sexuality

Spring 2005

Lane examines the May 1979 interview with Foucault recorded in the previous article and its discussion of the relationship between sexuality and power. He insists that the interview sheds new and useful light on Foucault’s views on this concept through its more subtle connections between the practical and conceptual applications of it. Lane defines Foucault’s understanding of the term ‘extra-discursive’ and argues that it is conceptually dissatisfying due to Foucault’s refusal to admit to a realm beyond discourse. He connects this with psychoanalysis, particularly Lacan, Freud and Derrida, and explores the interaction between Foucault’s thoughts on discursive sexuality, and the work of these three theorists to suggest that sexuality breaks and traverses discourse.

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