Homosexuality in Modern France

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Oxford University Press, 1996 - History - 253 pages
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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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Jeffrey Merrick and Bryant Ragan have assembled a valuable collection of articles dealing with various aspects of homosexuality in France from the later years of The Old Regime through the last part ... Read full review

Contents

The Enlightenment Confronts Homosexuality
8
MarieAntoinette
54
The Regulation of Male Homosexuality in Revolutionary
80
Homosexuality and the Changing
102
Homosexuality
128
Lesbian Workingclass Culture
177
Natalism Homosexuality and the Controversy
202
Michel Foucaults Sexuality and the History
225
Index
243
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Jeffrey Merrick is at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Bryant T. Ragan is at Fordham University.

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