Homosexuality in Early Modern France

Homosexuality in Early Modern France : A Documentary Collection

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Homosexuality in Early Modern France is an edited volume of translated documents about male and female homosexuality in France from the Renaissance to the Revolution. As such, this book is the first documentary collection in English about homosexuality in any Continental country during the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. The authors use a wide variety of materials - religious, legal, criminal, polemical, literary, and philosophical - to present everything from the arrest records of men accused of sodomy to the writings of Voltaire, Montesquieu, and Diderot. The sources provide empirical evidence about the ways in which same-sex relations were condemned by theologicans, jurists, and doctors, experienced by people of both sexes and different classes, regulated by police and magistrates, and represented and manipulated by contemporaries for polemical and political purposes.
This collection will give scholars, students, and other readers access to texts and documents not previously available in English and provide them with raw material for understanding the questions about subcultures and identities that are at the heart of current debates in the history of sexuality.
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  • Paperback | 267 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 12.7mm | 385.55g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • glossary, index
  • 0195102576
  • 9780195102574

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The editors of this volume are to be commended for supplying scholars and students with an excellent collection of documents, in English, relating to one of the key areas of early modern research and debate: sexuality and (self-)identity French History A remarkable collection which vastly expands our sense of the sexual history of Europe The Times Literary Supplement
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Part 1: Religion (Benedicti, Eudes, Lejeune, Sauvageon); law (Papon, Duret, Lebrun de la Rochotte, Bruneau, Meussy, Jousse, Muyart de Vouglans, Boucher d' Argis); medicine (Du Laurens, Duval, Dionis, Tissot, Bienville). Part 2: Repression; journal of a Bourgeois of Paris; Montaigne; Verre; documents from the papers of d'Argenson; documents from the archives of the Bastille; Deschauffours; Lenoir and Diot; patrols, arrests, depositions; methodical encyclopedia: police and municipalties; Peuchet. Part 3: Representation; gossip and satire (Estienne, L'Estoile, Brantome, the Mazarinade, Chorier, Sourches, France becomes Italian, Herbert, Saint-Simon, Orlenas, Godard de Beauchamps, anecdotes to be used in the secret history of the Ebugors, D'Argens, Theveneau de Morande, Pidansat de Mairobert, Mirabeau); enlightenment (Montesquieu, Encyclopedia, Voltaire, Diderot, Brissot de Warville, Bernadi de Valernes, Mercier, Naigon, Sade). Part 4: Revolution; polemics; decriminialization.
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