Michel Foucault
Form and Power

Dan Beer

Legenda (General Series)


1 May 2002  •  144pp

ISBN: 1-900755-57-2 (paperback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85


The French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault is recognized as a writer of extraordinary skill and inventiveness, but his writing is seldom examined closely. Concentrating on La Volonté de savoir (1976), Foucault's critique of human sexuality and modern sexual attitudes, Dan Beer uncovers a labyrinth of ideas and linguistic patterns at work in this celebrated text. Whether discussing the forgotten narratives of nineteenth-century European psychiatry, examining the scope of confessional literature in the Middle Ages, or engaging with the heated debates surrounding Foucault's intellectual legacy, Beer's work entertains and informs.

Dan Beer holds a doctorate from Queen Mary, University of London and has taught at the Universities of Cambridge, London, Dijon and Southampton.


  • ‘Beer's book is a dialogue with Foucault, including critiques of his arguments by Baudrillard and Derrida. It has been suggested that the seductive beauty of Foucault's language masks the frailty of some of his positions, and Beer provides close analysis of the stylistic strategies he deploys.’ — unsigned notice, Forum for Modern Language Studies XXXIX, 2003, 465-6
  • ‘After Beer we can return to Foucault's texts with a new imagination and a new sensitivity to the force of his style.’ — Jeremy Carrette, Modern Language Review 99.2, 2004, 502-3 (full text online)

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First footnote reference: 35 Dan Beer, Michel Foucault: Form and Power (Legenda, 2002), p. 21.

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