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In the Shadow of Dictatorship: Foucault in Brazil

Review of Heliana de Barros Conde Rodrigues, Ensaios sobre Michel Foucault no Brasil: Presença, efeitos, ressonâncias  (Lamparina 2016), 176 pages

Reviewed by Marcelo Hoffman, Theory Culture and Society, 22 March 2017

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Michel Foucault visited Brazil five times from 1965 to 1976 yet the details of his overall presence in the country have remained largely unexplored even in Brazil. Heliana Conde’s Ensaios sobre Michel Foucault no Brasil has the great merit of introducing readers to these details through a reliance on wide range of sources, including interviews with his interlocutors and the archives of the former secret police. While her book covers various aspects of Foucault in Brazil up to his effects and resonances in our present, she compellingly illuminates how the military dictatorship cast a long and ominous shadow over each of his visits to the country.

Foucault, Brazil, dictatorship, oral history, militancy, power, resistance

2 thoughts on “Review: In the Shadow of Dictatorship: Foucault in Brazil (2017)

  1. Dr Noel King says:

    Do you know if this is on any English language press’s list for translation?

    And whatever happened to that text alluded to by Miller in his Foucault biography where Michel F and a young man go to the California desert to drop acid?

    Sent from my iPad

    1. Clare O'Farrell says:

      Noel, doesn’t look as though this is being translated as yet – this would be something that a few people would be interested in in English!

      Not sure about the other text. Perhaps somebody else could provide some info?

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