For this week’s wrap up of Foucault (for now, at least), I decided to add more quotes that helped me think back on the book’s threads of thought. For one of the nodes, I added a partial definition of the History of Ideas as Foucault saw it: The history of ideas “is the analysis of silent births, or distant correspondences, of permanences that persist beneath apparent changes, of slow formations that profit from innumerable blind complicities, of those total figures that gradually come together and suddenly condense into the fine point of the work” (138). This quote acted as a guide for me as to why Foucault was using archaeology as a method in which to analyze and decouple histories from their totalization, linking the nodes together. From there, I linked them together with a quote from the conclusion as to what he had in mind for analyzing discursive formations: “I reject a uniform model of temporalization, in order to describe, for each discursive practice, its rules of accumulation, exclusion, reactivation, its own forms of derivation, and its specific modes of connexion over various successions” (200). Here was a point of connection I could make to an earlier quote, the idea of exclusion. I am fascinated by that which has been excluded. What stories have we chosen to disregard, what peoples have we ignored, what ideas have fallen by the wayside?
I have also included a quote that still has me trying to coherently trace my thoughts. I started to make more sense of Foucault’s definitions of “statement” and “subject” within discursive practices. As I come to more fully grasp these concepts and tie them into the greater whole, I want to continue adding nodes and connecting them to other nodes I have made of the Foucault work and to other works we will be dealing with this semester.