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Homosexuality in Modern France

Jeffrey Merrick and Bryant T. Ragan


This book explores the realities and representations of same-sex sexuality in France in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, the period that witnessed the emergence of “homosexuality” in the modern sense of the word. Based on archival research and textual analysis, the chapters examine the development of homosexual subcultures and illustrate the ways in which philosophers, pamphleteers, police, novelists, scientists, and politicians conceptualized same-sex relations and connected them with more general concerns about order and disorder. The book uses the methods of intellectual and cultural his ... More

Keywords: homosexuality, France, homosexual subcultures, same-sex relations, French history, Enlightenment, revolutionary tradition, popular culture, identity, gays

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780195093032
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195093032.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Merrick, author
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Bryant T. Ragan, author
Fordham University