Homosexuality in French History and Culture

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Routledge, 13 set 2013 - 308 pagine
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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Introduction
1
Montaigne Loves La Boétie
5
Female Friendship as the Foundation of Love in Madeleine de Scudérys Histoire de Sapho
23
Masculinity and Satires of Sodomites in France 16601715
37
The Abominable Madame de Murat
53
The Italian Taste in the Time of Louis XVI 177492
69
The Case of JacquesFrançois Pascal
85
Sapphic Separatism in Late EighteenthCentury France
105
Pederasts Prostitutes and Pickpockets in Paris of the 1870s
169
Male SameSex Sexuality in Belle Epoque Print Culture
189
Homosexuality in the French Colonies
201
A New Precious Society?
219
The Birth of a French Homosexual Press in the 1950s
233
The Homosexual Liberation Groups in France Between 1975 and 1978
249
Two Aspects of the Same Refusal of the Other?
265
Contributors
281

The PalaisRoyal and the Homosexual Subculture of NineteenthCentury Paris
117
Cellmates in Restoration France
131
Representations of Lesbian and Gay Space in NineteenthCentury Paris
149

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