Homosexuality in French History and Culture

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Deconstruct changing representations of homosexuality with this important new work of cultural criticism!

Homosexuality in French History and Culture explores episodes, patterns, and images of same-sex attraction in France from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century, from the essays of Michel de Montaigne to pride parades in contemporary Paris. This groundbreaking book documents the ways homosexuality has been named, experienced, regulated, ...

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HOMOSEXUALITY IN FRENCH HISTORY AND

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Overview

Deconstruct changing representations of homosexuality with this important new work of cultural criticism!

Homosexuality in French History and Culture explores episodes, patterns, and images of same-sex attraction in France from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century, from the essays of Michel de Montaigne to pride parades in contemporary Paris. This groundbreaking book documents the ways homosexuality has been named, experienced, regulated, understood, and imagined.

During these centuries, homosexuality has been stigmatized as a sin, crime, or disease, and denounced as a threat to social order and national identity. Yet the rhetoric of condemnation has always co-existed with the reality of toleration. This groundbreaking collection analyzes the ways in which persecutions, as well as differences within minority sexual subcultures, have highlighted stereotypes and anxieties about class and age differences, gendered roles, and separatism.

Homosexuality in French History and Culture offers historical and literary studies based on a wide variety of sources, including:

  • novels, plays, and poetry
  • gossip and satires
  • police reports
  • medical texts
  • travel literature
  • newspapers and periodicals
  • memoirs

    Homosexuality in French History and Culture combines fresh, creative re-interpretation of familiar texts with exciting new explorations of neglected historical episodes and cultures. It is a landmark of meticulous scholarship and rigorous theoretical analysis, and a vital resource for scholars of queer theory, French history and culture, and literary criticism.

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Contributors in French history and literature and in gay and lesbian studies explore episodes, patterns, and images of same-sex attraction in France from the 16th to the 21st century. They analyze the way in which persecutions, as well as differences within minority sexual subcultures, have highlighted stereotypes about class and age differences, gendered roles, and separatism. Merrick teaches history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Sibalis teaches modern European and French history at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. The book is co-published simultaneously as , vol. 41, nos. 3/4, 2001. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560232629
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: Journal of Homosexuality Series
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
"That Friendship Which Possesses the Soul": Montaigne Loves La Boetie 5
Female Friendship as the Foundation of Love in Madeleine de Scudery's "Histoire de Sapho" 23
Masculinity and Satires of "Sodomites" in France, 1660-1715 37
The Abominable Madame de Murat 53
The "Italian Taste" in the Time of Louis XVI, 1774-92 69
"Brutal Passion" and "Depraved Taste": The Case of Jacques-Francois Pascal 85
"Au sein de vos pareilles": Sapphic Separatism in Late Eighteenth-Century France 105
The Palais-Royal and the Homosexual Subculture of Nineteenth-Century Paris 117
Les Chevaliers de la guirlande: Cellmates in Restoration France 131
Homosexuals in the City: Representations of Lesbian and Gay Space in Nineteenth-Century Paris 149
Pederasts, Prostitutes, and Pickpockets in Paris of the 1870s 169
Drames d'amour des pederastes: Male Same-Sex Sexuality in Belle Epoque Print Culture 189
Homosexuality in the French Colonies 201
Folles, Swells, Effeminates, and Homophiles in Saint-Germain-des-Pres of the 1950s: A New "Precious" Society? 219
The Birth of a French Homosexual Press in the 1950s 233
The Construction of a Political and Media Presence: The Homosexual Liberation Groups in France Between 1975 and 1978 249
Gay Mimesis and Misogyny: Two Aspects of the Same Refusal of the Other? 265
Contributors 281
Index 285
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