Lettres de cachet: La vie des hommes infâmes

The Foucault Archives have released materials (sound file and manuscript facsimiles) from Foucault’s work with Arlette Farge, Michelle Perrot, and André Béjin on the so-called “lettres de cachet.”

This work is perhaps one of the most important remaining texts that has not seen an English translation.

Brief sound clip (in French).

Foucault’s manuscript page corrected typescript.

3 Responses

  1. This is actually not “Foucault’s manuscript page,” but a corrected typescript. Foucault’s manuscript of “La Vie des hommes infames,” like much of his work, was written by hand, images of which can also be found on the MF Archives website. Such pedantry will be of interest only to a few. My excuse: I’m writing a queer social history that takes Foucault’s essay as its primary inspiration. It’s called Infamous Men.

    By the way, love this blog!

  2. […] I’ve mentioned before (apols for the broken links in that post) one of the books by or involving Foucault is his work […]

  3. […] he said in a post from a few years back, “this work is perhaps one of the most important remaining texts that […]

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