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Language, Counter-Memory, and Practice

Foucault, Michel. Language, Counter-Memory, and Practice, translated by Donald F. Bouchard and Sherry Simon, edited by Donald F. Bouchard. Ithaca: Cornell, 1977. Print book.


This collection of essays, lecture notes, and interviews provides an introduction to Foucault's thought on the interplay of memory and language. The first section presents his conceptualization of language as a limiting factor of knowledge and recollection; the second section offers a glimpse into his methodological practice; and the final section considers the political aspect of language with respect to its power to shape collective memory, as well as his critical theory of counter-memory as resistance.

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