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One of the first modern writers to be "out," Gide used his writings during this period to do more than simply publicize his homosexuality. He wrote in a way that revealed sexuality as an arena where easy distinctions between public and private could be challenged. Gide's work thus addresses not only the psychoanalytic, but also the social and political foundations involved in the formation of private sexual subjectivity; further, it considers how personal, private struggles might be implicated in or lead to more public ones.
Written with precision and elan, Gide's Bent will attract readers interested in modern French literature, political and psychoanalytic literary theory, and Queer Studies, both inside and outside the academy.
|Note on Translation|
|1||Watching Sex in Si le grain ne meurt||21|
|2||The Place of the Oedipal: Writing Home from North Africa||42|
|3||Corydon and L'Ecole des femmes: Mimesis, the Mantis, the Gynaeceum||68|
|4||Without Delay: Les Faux-Monnayers, Lacan, and the Onset of Sexuality||108|
|5||Gribouille en Afrique: Gide's Voyage au Congo||143|
|6||Sexuality, Politics and Culture: Gide's Trip to the Soviet Union||181|
|Epilogue: Queer Tears||217|