Queer French: Globalization, Language, and Sexual Citizenship in France

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Routledge, May 23, 2016 - Social Science - 236 pages
In this book Denis M. Provencher examines the tensions between Anglo-American and French articulations of homosexuality and sexual citizenship in the context of contemporary French popular culture and first-person narratives. In the light of recent political events and the perceived hegemonic role of US forces throughout the world, an examination of the French resistance to globalization and 'Americanization', is timely in this context. He argues that contemporary French gay and lesbian cultures rely on long-standing French narratives that resist US models of gay experience. He maintains that French gay experiences are mitigated through (gay) French language that draws on several canonical voices - including Jean Genet and Jean-Paul Sartre - and various universalistic discourses. Drawing on material from a diverse array of media, Queer French draws out the importance of a French gay linguistic and semiotic tradition that emerges in contemporary textual practices and discourses as they relate to sexual citizenship in 20th- and 21st-century France. It will appeal to an interdisciplinary readership in gender and sexuality studies, cultural studies, linguistics, media and communication studies and French studies.
 

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Contents

List of Maps
THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONS
An Assault on French Gay Culture
Genet as an Authentic Model
Genets Continued Influence on French Sexual Citizenship
French Articulations of the Closet and Coming
Methodology and Recruitment
The French Republic and the Missing Homosexual Closet
Coming out in the French
Language Sexuality and Space in the French
A Queer French Model for the 21st Century
Appendix Interview Questions
Index

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Denis M. Provencher is Assistant Professor of French and Intercultural Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA. He has published widely in the field and has had work appear in French Cultural Studies, Contemporary French Civilization, Contemporary French & Francophone Studies (SITES), Speaking in Queer Tongues (2004) and The Sitcom Reader (2005).

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