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One a Cultural Icon
One a cultural icon

Since his death in 1984, Michel Foucault has emerged as a modern cultural icon – an iconic existence which, like his work, is plural and diverse. There is Foucault the gay saint who appears, for example, in David Halperin's work as an exemplar of a courageous champion of queer theory. There is Foucault the sinner who emerges in James Miller's biography, the tortured homosexual obsessed with death, who may or may not have deliberately infected his partners with AIDS. There is also Foucault the relentlessly erudite academic (and numbers of specialised texts testify to this), and Foucault the radical militant at demos and on protest committees (an image more widely propagated in France, particularly evident in photos, popular ...

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