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Wendy Grace

Dr Wendy Grace

Honorary Research Fellow
European Languages and Studies

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European Languages and Studies
The University of Western Australia (M204)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2190
PhD W.Aust.
I specialise in the history of French and German philosophical and scientific concepts of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries - in particular, those that relate to the history of sexuality and reproduction. I hold a position as an honorary Postdoctoral Research Fellow here at the University of Western Australia, as well as at the University of Queensland.

I completed my doctorate in 2010, with the thesis Michel Foucault’s Power: A History of Sexuality Beyond the Desires of French Psychoanalysis, producing a summary chapter, “Foucault and the Freudians” for the Blackwell Companion to Foucault (2013). I have published an article on Foucault and Deleuze in Critical Inquiry (2009), and have recently pursued the different Nietzschean approaches of Foucault and Deleuze in “Making a Difference with Nietzsche,” in a special edition of Foucault Studies.

I have a long-standing passion for the work of Michel Foucault, going back to my collaboration with Alec McHoul in A Foucault Primer (1992). My current research derives from Foucault’s account of modern sexuality. This research has led me to question critically both feminist and medical accounts of the history of gender. I explore the possibility of recuperating the Kantian notion of teleology and developing a Foucauldian Hermeneutics of Gender in opposition to the science of sex (Freudian or Darwinian).
Key research
Michel Foucault (1926-1984)
Philosophical Tradition Line: Kant - Schopenhauer - Nietzsche - Foucault
Epistemological Tradition Line: Bachelard - Canguilhem - Foucault
History of Sexuality and Reproduction
History and Philosophy of Biology
History of Psychoanalysis
Modern European Intellectual History
Foucauldian Hermeneutics of Gender

McHoul, A. and Grace, W., A Foucault Primer: Discourse, Power and the Subject (Melbourne University Press, 1992)


Grace, W. "Making a Difference with Nietzsche: Foucault and Deleuze," Foucault Studies, 17, 2014

Grace, W. "Faux Amis: Foucault and Deleuze on Sexuality and Desire," Critical Inquiry 37:1 (2009): 52-75

Book Chapter

Grace, W. "Foucault and the Freudians," in A Companion to Foucault, ed. Falzon, C., O'Leary, T. & Sawicki, J. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Honorary Research Fellow
Future research
The Scientific Uncoupling of Pleasure and Procreation in the Nineteenth Century
Honours and awards
Higher Degree by Research Achievement Award 2010 (for best publication in Arts, Social Sciences - Qualitative)
Paul Laffey Prize 2010 (for best publication in History)
2014: Anthropology, Society and Culture AST212/AST612 (Murdoch University)
2013: Anthropology and Its Others AST212/AST612 (Murdoch University)
2012: Anthropology and Its Others AST212/AST612 (Murdoch University)
2011: Unit Coordinator: French Intellectuals FREN2221 (UWA)
Current external positions
Honorary Research Advisor, History of European Discourses- University of Queensland
Current projects
The Concept of Teleology in Biological Thought
The History of the concept of Geschlechtstrieb from Kant to Freud
From Generative Love to Sexuality: Schopenhauer and Freud
The Rise of Female Teleology in the Nineteenth Century: Putting Functional Flesh on Old Anatomical Bones
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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