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Perry Zurn
American University
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    Toward an Account of Intolerance: Between Prison Resistance and Engaged Scholarship.Perry Zurn - 2017 - The Carceral Notebooks 12:97-128.
    The word “intolerance” bears almost exclusively negative connotations. It is treated invariably, almost ideologically as a vice. What would it mean to reconceive of intolerance as a virtue—or, at the very least, a positive affect? In this essay, I analyze two complementary archives of positive intolerance: the records of the Prisons Information Group (the GIP) and the writings of one of its members: Michel Foucault. For the GIP, intolerance—as a militant refusal of intolerable material and political conditions—is essential to the (...)
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    The Politics of Anonymity: Foucault, Feminism, and Gender Non-Conforming Prisoners.Perry Zurn - 2016 - philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism 6 (1):27-42.
    Against the backdrop of a longstanding feminist critique that Michel Foucault’s call to anonymity is insensitive to the erasure of marginalized persons, I aim to contribute to a critical account of anonymity as a feminist Foucauldian ideal. I do this in two ways. First, I analyze the tactical role of anonymity in the Prisons Information Group, an organization in which Foucault was involved. Second, I analyze the unique paradoxes of anonymity faced by gender non-conforming prisoners then and now. I conclude (...)
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    Curiosities at War: The Police and Prison Resistance After May '68.Perry Zurn - 2018 - Modern and Contemporary France 2 (26):179-191.
    It's too easy to say of Mai '68 that the police are incurious while protesters are curious, that administrators are incurious and students are curious. A more honest assessment of these moments, striated as they are with social tensions, would identify at least two modes of inquiry and two sets of questions vying for dominance: the one located on the side of the status quo, the other on the side of change. In what follows, I provide historico-theoretical resources to justify (...)
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    The Curiosity at Work in Deconstruction.Perry Zurn - 2018 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 26 (1):84-106.
    Beginning with Jacques Derrida’s Beast and the Sovereign, I identify two forms of curiosity: 1) scientific curiosity, which proceeds through objective dissection and 2) therapeutic curiosity, which proceeds through observational confinement. Through an analysis of Derrida’s treatment of both sorts of curiosity, I notice and develop a third, deconstructive form of curiosity. Through repeated turn to the work of Sarah Kofman, I characterize this third curiosity as, by turns, linguistic, animal, and critical. As linguistic, this curiosity is a penchant for (...)
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    Intimate Strategies: Morton, Foucault, and the Poetics of Space.Perry Zurn - 2013 - Zetesis 1 (1):94-105.
    Timothy Morton insists that ecology requires intimacy between ecosystems and organisms, living and non-living beings. Paradoxically, Morton suggests that intimacy incurs a sense of strangeness between things. In a similar vein, Michel Foucault, as a predecessor of queer theory, commends human intimacy as an act of resistance against institutionalized sexuality. Such intimacy, Foucault suggests, enhances our sense of strangeness to ourselves. In this essay, I not only grant that queer theory and ecology share an emphasis on intimacy but I argue (...)
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    Inheriting Gratefulness.Perry Zurn - 2017 - philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism 7 (1):125-131.
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    Publicity and Politics: Foucault, the Prisons Information Group, and the Press.Perry Zurn - 2014 - Radical Philosophy Review 17 (2):403-420.
    This essay argues that publicity is a necessary precondition for both politics and philosophy. Against the backdrop of the traditional dismissal of publicity as a leveling of difference, the author develops Foucault’s positive use of publicity in the Prisons Information Group as a technique of differentiation. The essay therefore proceeds in four parts: 1) it contextualizes the Prisons Information Group within Foucault’s life and work, 2) it identifies four specific modes of publicity utilized by the group, 3) it argues that, (...)
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    Lauri Siisiainen, Foucault and the Politics of Hearing. [REVIEW]Perry Zurn - 2014 - Foucault Studies 18:293.
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    Nicole Anderson,Derrida: Ethics Under Erasure, 208 Pp. [REVIEW]Perry Zurn - 2015 - Oxford Literary Review 37 (2):294-298.
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    Active Intolerance--An Introduction.Perry Zurn & Andrew Dilts - 2015 - In Perry Zurn & Andrew Dilts (eds.), Active Intolerance: Michel Foucault, the Prisons Information Group, and the Future of Abolition. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 1-19.
    Quite shortly after the Prisons Information Group (GIP) was formed, Michel Foucault delivered a public announcement in which he called for a generalized practice of “active intolerance” against a wide range of disciplinary institutions. Due to three consistent scholarly reductions of the GIP’s legacy, the sense of “active intolerance” remains nebulous at best. Cast, by turns, as merely the offshoot of Foucauldian theory, a point of prison data collection, or a short-lived social movement (forgetting its lengthy successor: the Prisoners Action (...)
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    Work and Failure: Assessing the Prisons Information Group.Perry Zurn - 2015 - In Perry Zurn & Andrew Dilts (eds.), Active Intolerance: Michel Foucault, the Prisons Information Group, and the Future of Abolition. pp. 75-91.
    This chapter develops criteria of work and failure implicit within the Prisons Information Group (GIP). Reading the group’s documents in conjunction with the thought of Michel Foucault, the chapter asks: How did the GIP characterize work or attribute failure and how did Foucault understand both in this period? By analyzing these discursive practices together, the essay first identifies five criteria of failure: discursive, structural, systemic, deconstructive, and productive failure. Second, it tests the GIP against each criterion, marking where it does (...)
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    Érik Bordeleau, Foucault Anonymat. [REVIEW]Perry Zurn - 2015 - Foucault Studies 19:224.
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    Wonder and Ecriture: Descartes and Irigaray, Writing at Intervals.Perry Zurn - 2016 - In Mary Rawlinson (ed.), Engaging the World: Thinking After Irigaray. SUNY Press. pp. 115-134.
    In this paper, I argue that a) Cartesian wonder is properly interpreted through Irigaray’s theory of phallic economy and that b) when Cartesian wonder is explicitly reinterpreted through Irigaray’s ethics of sexual difference, it must be considered in the mode of écriture. To support these two contentions, this paper unfolds in five parts. I begin by giving an account of Cartesian wonder and an account of Irigaray’s theory of phallic economy and the ethics of sexual difference. After showing how Cartesian (...)
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    Active Intolerance: Michel Foucault, the Prisons Information Group, and the Future of Abolition.Perry Zurn & Andrew Dilts (eds.) - 2015 - New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
    Formed in the wake of May 1968, the Prisons Information Group (GIP) was a radical resistance movement active in France in the early 1970's. Theorist Michel Foucault was heavily involved. This book collects interdisciplinary essays that explore the GIP's resources both for Foucault studies and for prison activism today.
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  15. Puzzle Pieces: Shapes of Trans Curiosity.Perry Zurn - 2018 - APA Newsletter on LGBTQ Issues in Philosophy 1 (18):10-16.
    Whether in journalism or medicine, education, law, or television, trans writers and trans studies scholars consistently develop this critique of the representational totalization of trans people, whereby they are and have been made whats, not whos; objects, not subjects; voiceless, not vocal; passive, not active; dehistoricized, not historical; and single, not multiple. In what follows, I aim to supplement this critique by attending to the role of curiosity both as a technique of (trans) objectification and as a practice of (trans) (...)
     
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