Le Désordre des familles: Lettres de cachet des Archives de la Bastille au XVIIIe siècle is a volume edited by Ariette Farge and Michel Foucault, published in October 1982 by Gallimard. The book collects together ‘poison-pen letters’ from eighteen-century France, written to state institutions by ordinary men and women who wanted their ‘deviant’ or disgraced family members to be confined in a hospital, an asylum or a prison—the famous Bicêtre and Salpêtrière among others. Some of the responses given by the official institutions and the police dossiers are also included in Farge and Foucault’s collection. There are commentaries throughout by the two scholars, along with a postscript entitled ‘Quand on s’addresse au roi’ (‘When One Writes to the King’).
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David Macey’s interview with Arlette Farge, quoted in David Macey, The Lives of Michel Foucault (London: Vintage, 1993), 456.
Michel de Certeau, La Possession de Loudun (Paris: Julliard, 1970), translated as The Possession at Loudun, Michael B. Smith (trans.), with a foreword by Stephen Greenblatt (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2000).
Nora, Les Lieux de mémoire. See also Pierre Nora, ‘Between memory and history: Les Lieux de mémoire’, Representations, 26 (1989), 7–24; Franҫois Dosse, Pierre Nora: Homo historicus (Paris: Perrin, 2011).
Michael Sheringham, ‘Michel Foucault, Pierre Rivière and the archival imaginary’, Comparative Critical Studies, 8 (2011), 235–57 at 238.
Foucault, quoted in Michael Lucey, The Misfits of the Family: Balzac and the Social Forms of Sexuality (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003), 129; translation is Lucey’s.
Claude Mauriac, Le Temps immobile 3, Et comme l’espérance est violente (Paris: Livre de poche, 1986), 595, quoted in Macey, The Lives of Michel Foucault, 455.
Robert Mandrou, ‘Trois cles pour comprendre la folie à l’époque classique’, Annales: économies, sociétiés, civilisations, 17 (1962), 771–2.
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Rocha, L.A. (2012). That Dazzling, Momentary Wake’ of the lettre de cachet:. In: Duschinsky, R., Rocha, L.A. (eds) Foucault, the Family and Politics. Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137291288_10
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