Homosexuality in Modern France
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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 to outline the development and evolution of homosexual patterns of repression and liberation . 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.show more

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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 156.2 x 234.7 x 18mm | 413.05g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195093046
  • 9780195093049
  • 1,669,487

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This book and others like it in series such as Oxford University Press' Studies in the History of Sexuality, are blowing the bounds of scholarship wide open. * Lambda Book Report *show more

About Jeffrey Merrick

Jeffrey Merrick is Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is the author of The Desacralization of the French Monarchy in the Eighteenth Century, along with numerous articles on early modern French political culture. Bryant T. Ragan, Jr., is Assistant Professor of History at Fordham University. He is the co-editor of Re-creating Authority in Revolutionary France, and has authored articles on rural political culture during the French Revolution.show more

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