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‎'History of Shit', a political genealogy of the modern subject ‎

11 Jan 2020 - 15:23

IBNA- The controversial book 'History of Shit' (1978) a book by French psychoanalyst ‎Dominique Laporte which uses an idiosyncratic method of historical genealogy has been ‎published in Persian.‎

According to IBNA correspondent, the book which ties the concept of individuality to human waste has been translated into Persian by Qasem Mo’meni and released by Daman Publishing.

 

Written in Paris after the heady days of student revolt in May 1968 and before the devastation of the AIDS epidemic, ‘History of Shit’ (Histoire de la merde: Prologue) is emblematic of a wild and adventurous strain of 1970s' theoretical writing that attempted to marry theory, politics, sexuality, pleasure, experimentation, and humor.

 

Radically redefining dialectical thought and post-Marxist politics, it takes an important--and irreverent--position alongside the works of such postmodern thinkers as Foucault, Deleuze, Guattari, and Lyotard.

 

Laporte's eccentric style and ironic sensibility combine in an inquiry that is provocative, humorous, and intellectually exhilarating. Debunking all humanist mythology about the grandeur of civilization, ‘History of Shit’ suggests instead that the management of human waste is crucial to our identities as modern individuals--including the organization of the city, the rise of the nation-state, the development of capitalism, and the mandate for clean and proper language.

 

Far from rising above the muck, Laporte argues, we are thoroughly mired in it, particularly when we appear our most clean and hygienic. Laporte's style of writing is itself an attack on our desire for "clean language." Littered with lengthy quotations and obscure allusions, and adamantly refusing to follow a linear argument, ‘History of Shit’ breaks the rules and challenges the conventions of "proper" academic discourse.

 

Dominique Laporte (1949-1984) was a psychoanalyst and the coauthor of Français national: Politique et practiques de la langue nationale sous la Révolution Française.

 

'History of Shit' in Persian has been published in 178 pages and 500 copies.