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Lucan, Reception, Counter-History

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This paper reads Foucault’s 1975-6 lecture series Society Must Be Defended. It argues that the notion of counter-history developed in these lectures depends on a particular construction of Rome, as that which counter-history counters. Foucault’s version of Rome in turn depends on a surprisingly conventional reading of two monumental histories (Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita and Virgil’s Aeneid) as ‘the praise of Rome’. Reading Foucault’s work instead with Lucan’s Pharsalia renders visible a counter-history within Rome itself. This reading demonstrates the ways in which reception theory can usefully illuminate and supplement Foucauldian genealogy as a critical-historical method.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Willis, I. "Lucan, Reception, Counter-History." Foucault Studies .22 (2017): 31-48.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85010222329

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2772

Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 31

End Page


  • 48

Issue


  • 22

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • This paper reads Foucault’s 1975-6 lecture series Society Must Be Defended. It argues that the notion of counter-history developed in these lectures depends on a particular construction of Rome, as that which counter-history counters. Foucault’s version of Rome in turn depends on a surprisingly conventional reading of two monumental histories (Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita and Virgil’s Aeneid) as ‘the praise of Rome’. Reading Foucault’s work instead with Lucan’s Pharsalia renders visible a counter-history within Rome itself. This reading demonstrates the ways in which reception theory can usefully illuminate and supplement Foucauldian genealogy as a critical-historical method.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Willis, I. "Lucan, Reception, Counter-History." Foucault Studies .22 (2017): 31-48.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85010222329

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2772

Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 31

End Page


  • 48

Issue


  • 22

Place Of Publication


  • Australia