Horizontal Collaboration: The Erotic World Of Paris, 1920-1946

October 16, 2015|
Horizontal Collaboration: The Erotic World Of Paris, 1920-1946 by Mel Gordon
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2016 IndieFab Honorable Mention in Popular Culture.

Mel Gordon, author ofVoluptuous Panic, the celebrated history about the sex culture of Weimar Berlin, returns with a stunningly illustrated look at Paris, The City of Pleasure, prior to and during German occupation during World War II.

The bookHorizontal Collaborationencompasses the Jazz Age, Depression, World War and Occupation, and Liberation. It concludes with the shuttering of the licensed brothels in 1946, which some Parisian intellectuals thought was the final "destruction of French civilization".

The term "Horizontal Collaboration" refers to the sexual liaisons between French civilians and German occupiers from 1940 to 1944. These were extremely widespread and included both individual wartime relationships in addition to prostitution. As Allied armies swept across the French countryside, thousands of young women—and some men—were savagely punished by the authorities or by vigilante crowds, becoming a source of deep national shame.

Author Gordon redefines the pejorative term to mean something much broader: French men and women "horizontally collaborated" to overcome all social obstacles, divisions, and regulations. These obstacles include married and unmarried couples, straights and homosexuals, foreigners and locals, gun-toting soldiers and their vanquished subjects. The natural yearning for sexual pleasure equally corrupted all cohabitating partners.

This book rediscovers a remarkable time when the aesthetic and erotic capitol of Europe experienced remarkable heights and shameful lows. . . . Hundreds of images, most never before seen in a book, encompass this fascinating but little-known history.

Melvin Irwin Gordon was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 18, 1947. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a master's degree and a Ph.D. in performance studies from New York University. He taught at N.Y.U. from 1975 to 1989. He also taught acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute and the M...
Title:Horizontal Collaboration: The Erotic World Of Paris, 1920-1946
Product dimensions:224 pages, 1.09 X 8.69 X 0.53 in
Shipping dimensions:224 pages, 1.09 X 8.69 X 0.53 in
Published:October 16, 2015
Publisher:Feral House
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781627310178

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