Homosexuality in Modern France (Studies in the History of Sexuality Series)

Homosexuality in Modern France (Studies in the History of Sexuality Series)

by Jeffrey W. Merrick
     
 


This volume explores the realities and representations of same-sex sexuality in France in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, the period that witnessed the emergence of "homosexuality" in the modern sense of the word. Based on archival research and textual analysis, the articles examine the development of homosexual subcultures and illustrate the… See more details below

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This volume explores the realities and representations of same-sex sexuality in France in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, the period that witnessed the emergence of "homosexuality" in the modern sense of the word. Based on archival research and textual analysis, the articles examine the development of homosexual subcultures and illustrate the ways in which philosophes, pamphleteers, police, novelists, scientists, and politicians conceptualized same-sex relations and connected them with more general concerns about order and disorder. The contributors--Elizabeth Colwill, Michael David Sibalis, Victoria Thompson, William Peniston, Vernon Rosario II, Francesca Canade-Sautman, Martha Hanna, Robert A. Nye, and the editors Bryant T. Ragan, Jr. and Jeffrey Merrick--use the methods of intellectual and cultural history, the history of science, literary studies, legal and social history, and microhistory. This collection shows how the subject of homosexuality is related to important topics in French history: the Enlightenment, the revolutionary tradition, social discipline, positivism, elite and popular culture, nationalism, feminism, and the construction of identity.

Given the role of gays and lesbians in modern French culture and the work of French scholars on the history of sexuality, this collection fills an important gap in the literature and represents the first attempt in any language to explore this subject over three centuries from a variety of perspectives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195093032
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Series:
Studies in the History of Sexuality Series
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile:
1680L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction3
1The Enlightenment Confronts Homosexuality8
2The Marquis de Villette and Mademoiselle de Raucourt: Representations of Male and Female Sexual Deviance in Late Eighteenth-century France30
3Pass as a Woman, Act like a Man: Marie-Antoinette as Tribade in the Pornography of the French Revolution54
4The Regulation of Male Homosexuality in Revolutionary and Napoleonic France, 1789-181580
5Creating Boundaries: Homosexuality and the Changing Social Order in France, 1830-1870102
6Love and Death in Gay Paris: Homosexuality and Criminality in the 1870s128
7Pointy Penises, Fashion Crimes, and Hysterical Mollies: The Pederasts' Inversions146
8Invisible Women: Lesbian Working-class Culture in France, 1880-1930177
9Natalism, Homosexuality, and the Controversy over Corydon202
10Michael Foucault's Sexuality and the History of Homosexuality in France225
Index243

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