Homosexuality in Modern France by Jeffrey MerrickHomosexuality in Modern France by Jeffrey Merrick

Homosexuality in Modern France

byJeffrey Merrick, Bryant T. Ragan

Paperback | April 1, 1989

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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, thearticles 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--ElizabethColwill, Michael David Sibalis, Victoria Thompson, William Peniston, Vernon Rosario II, Francesca CanadeSautman, 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, socialdiscipline, 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 ofperspectives.
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...
Title:Homosexuality in Modern FranceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.67 inPublished:April 1, 1989Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195093046

ISBN - 13:9780195093049

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"With this volume, Merrick and Ragan have provided students of early modern gender and sexuality a well-selected and well-organized collection of translated documents relating to male and female sodomy and homosexuality from the sixteenth through the eighteenth century in France.... The volumewill be immensely useful not only for students of early modern France who do not know enough French to read the sources, but also for scholars who do no have access to archival sources that do not exist in modern editions.... The collection then is ideal for those beginning their study of earlymodern sexualities as well as for those seeking sources and source material for more advanced study and research in the area."--Sixteenth Century Journal