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CSCL_3458_F09_Midterm - CSCL 3458W The Body and the...

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CSCL 3458W The Body and the Politics of Representation- Midterm Essay Topics Due: Monday, Nov. 2 Please choose to write on one of the following topics: 1. Foucault claims “the nineteenth-century homosexual became a personage, a past, a case history, and a childhood, in addition to being a type of life, a life form, and a morphology, with an indiscreet anatomy and possibly a mysterious physiology. Nothing that went into his total composition was unaffected by his sexuality” (43). Explain the significance of this shift from acts to “essence” or “species.” Is this still how we think of homosexuality? Do we still link sexual choice to an “essential” queerness that connects to an identity or species? 2. In part 5 of History of Sexuality Foucault states “what might be called a society’s ‘threshold of modernity’ has been reached when the life of the species is wagered on its own political strategies. For millennia, man remained what he was for Aristotle: a living animal with the additional capacity for a political existence; modern man is an animal whose politics places his existence as a living being in question” (143). Explain what he means by “threshold of modernity” in the context of the above statement. Then explain what kinds of developments Foucault alludes to in the
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