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Madness and Civilization

Michel Foucault


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1. When was Madness and Civilization first published?

2. Which two French writers did Foucault cite as particular influences over Madness and Civilization?

3. What form did Madness and Civilization originally take?

4. With what striking image does the work begin?

5. What are the three time periods that Foucault analyzes?

6. Which element was particularly associated with madness in the Renaissance?

7. What came before madness as a cultural "theme", according to Foucault?

8. Which two Renaissance dramatists represent madness in a particularly important way?

9. What is the seventeenth century for Foucault?

10. 10. Why is 1656 such an important date?

11. What kind of power did the Hopital General represent?

12. How did confinement have an economic element?

13. What effect did confinement have on madness?

14. What aspect of madness did confinement promote?

15. What phenomenon in some ways makes madness "possible"?

16. The classical period assumes a close relationship between madness and which other state, according to Foucault?

17. Why is blindness important to any discussion of classical madness?

18. Whose formula of doubt does Foucault analyze in Madness and Civilization?

19. What are the two pairs of concepts that Foucault calls the "faces of madness"?

20. Which two practitioners does Foucault see as central to the history of madness?

21. What are the key theoretical techniques used to treat madness in the asylum?

22. What are the features of the nineteenth century persona that emerges in the asylum?

23. From where did the nineteenth century believe that madness arose?

24. What did Freud do to the structures of the asylum?

25. Which artists does Foucault feel particularly represent the theme of madness in modern society?

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