Key Texts and Links

If you have not read Foucault’s main text on heterotopia, the easiest source on-line is to be found at Foucault-info . Entitled ‘Des Espace Autres’, the text was published  by the French journal Architecture /Mouvement/ Continuité in 1984 and first translated in 1986. It is based on a lecture given by Foucault in 1967.

 Recommended reading list on heterotopia

1. A series of transnational essays. This excellent collection of essays has  a new translation of Foucault’s lecture and also a very stimulating piece by the editors, working towards a ‘general theory’ of heterotopia.

Dehaene, M. and De Cauter, L. (eds.) (2008) Heterotopia and the City, London and New York: Routledge.


2. Essay by James Faubion in the above  is also  spot on I think:

Faubion, J. (2008) ‘Heterotopia: an ecology’ in M. Dehaene and L. De Cauter (eds.), Heterotopia and the City, London and New York: Routledge, 31-40.

3. An essay by Daniel Defert, Foucault’s long-term partner:

Defert, D. (1997) ‘Foucault, Space, and the Architects’ in Politics/Poetics: Documenta X – The Book, Ostfildern-Ruit: Cantz Verlag, 274-283.

4. Kevin Hetherington’s Badlands of Modernity – insightful and influential study:

Hetherington, K. (1997) The Badlands of Modernity: Heterotopia and Social Ordering, London: Routledge.


5. Casarino’s study of sea narratives uses heterotopia as a heuristic device to explore the tensions and crises at the heart of modernity (capitalism).

Casarino, C. (2002) Modernity at Sea: Melville, Marx, Conrad in Crisis, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.


6. A series of essays (in both English and German):

Ritter, R. and Knaller-Vlay, B., (eds.) (1998) Other Spaces: The Affair of the HeterotopiaDokumente zur Architektur 10, Graz, Austria: Haus der Architektur.



7. The English translation of Foucault’s lecture on heterotopia that I have referenced on this website:

Foucault, M. (1998) ‘Different Spaces’ (trans. M. Hurley) in J. D. Faubion (ed.), Aesthetics, Method, and Epistemology: Essential Works of Foucault Volume 2. London: Penguin, 175-185.

8. Most recent collection of essays on heterotopia:

Palladino, M and Miller, J. (eds.) (2015) The Globalization of Space. London: Pickering and Chatto.


General Links: Foucault

Foucault Studies An ejournal providing a transnational ‘forum for discussion of Foucault which goes beyond received orthodoxies, simplifications and uncritical appropriations’. Free to register and download. Extensive, lively and informative site created by Clare O’Farrell. It contains news of publications and conferences, bibliographies, a blog and much more.

Portail: Foucault Complete, authoritative French archive of Foucault’s work


August 2018

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