Hi Nicole, and welcome...
Much to my chagrin, I cannot read French, but my suggestion to you would be to read it in French and have English translations at hand for when you come into difficulties.
I would also suggest reading Foucault chronologically starting with Historie de la folie (History of Madness), or maybe even Maladie mentale et personnalité and then Maladie mentale et psychologie, precisely so that you can follow both the developments and the continuity of his thought.
Just my two pennorth worth , but it’s what I would do if I was to start again.
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> From: ngarner10@xxxxxxx
> Sent: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 18:52:25 -0400 (EDT)
> To: foucault-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [Foucault-L] Reading Foucault
> Hello All
> I have been lurking here reading thoughts about Foucault for a year now
> because I always like what I hear about him. I have, unfortunately read
> little of him, very little.
> I would like to know where I should start reading him, I have finally
> finished de Beauvoir, Sartre, and Fanon, all of it. For the most part
> aside from what I had read in class as an undergrad and my inability to
> wait to read Les Damnes de la terre and Adeiux, I read all three in
> chronological order and I found it quite helpful in seeing the change in
> thier thought through the years. I am not sure where to start with
> Foucault, if I should start chronologically again or if there is a better
> way to start him. I am also not sure whether to try him in French or in
> English, my native language is English but I did read most of Sartre and
> de Beauvoir in French exclusively, the only Fanon I have read in English
> is Black Skin White Masks. I am at times a bit unsure of my French and
> am intimidated by starting Foucault so any help of where to start will be
> appreciated. It will be slow going though, I am also reading for my
> comps because I am finishing my masters in fall so I am rer!
> ding Hegel and Marx and Spinoza right now. Unfortunately those are the
> highlights of our comps! It is all downhill to elitist hell from there.
> Thanks in advance for any assitance,
> The people come to realize that wealth is not the fruit of labor but the
> result of organized, protected robbery. Rich people are no longer
> respectable people; they are nothing more than flesh eating animals,
> jackals, and vultures which wallow in the people's blood. Frantz Fanon
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