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Glossary of Literary Theory
by Greig E. Henderson and Christopher Brown


A pivotal concept in Michel Foucault's analyses of historical systems of institutional and discursive practices. According to Foucault, knowledge is governed by power relations; truth relies on institutional support, and disciplines constitute a system of control in the production of discourse. It is not enough merely to speak the truth: one must be in the truth (dans le vrai).

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