Gide's Bent: Sexuality, Politics, Writing

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In this provocative new book, Michael Lucey examines the unstable convergence of sexuality, politics, and literary commitments in Andre Gide's writing of the 1920s and 1930s, when Gide wrote most openly about his homosexuality and participated most actively in left-wing politics. Through close readings of Gide's memoirs, novels, and political tracts, Lucey interrogates both the political content of Gide's ways of reflecting on his homosexuality and the way sexuality inflected his politics.

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.

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"remarkably well-written..."—French Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195080865
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Series: Ideologies of Desire Series
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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University of California, Berkeley
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Table of Contents

Note on Translation
Introduction 3
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
Works Cited 223
Index 231
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