The Heterotopic Status of Literature: Foucault, Borges and Heterotopias

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The Heterotopic Status of Literature: Foucault, Borges and Heterotopias

Type: Master thesis
Title: The Heterotopic Status of Literature: Foucault, Borges and Heterotopias
Author: Putten, Rosanne van der
Issue Date: 2017-06-30
Keywords: Heteropias
Foucault
Borges
Abstract: This thesis is about the relation between knowledge and literature in The Order of Things written by Michel Foucault. Literature plays an important role in this book, because it owes its existence to a passage of Borges, and because Cervantes and Sade are discussed in relation to the discontinuities in the episteme of Western Culture. Why does Foucault ascribe such an important role to literature in a philosophical book that addresses itself to the general space of knowledge? Foucault seems to imply that there is something that literature can do in relation to positive knowledge. This thesis is about the strange, epistemological status of literature in Foucault's earlier work. What is the role and function of literature with regard to the discontinuities Foucault establishes in the Western episteme? And what could the role of Borges be in The Order of Things?
Supervisor: Horsman, Yasco
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Media Studies (Master)
Specialisation: Comparative Literature and Literary Theory
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/51738
 

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