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Gay Studies From the French Cultures
Voices From France, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, and the Netherlands

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ISBN 9781560230434
Published November 6, 1993 by Routledge
339 Pages

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Book Description

Now English-speaking readers can gain new access to valuable information on homosexuality and homosociality written by French-speaking scholars and researchers. Gay Studies From the French Cultures contains work taken from symposia held by the Research and Study Group on Homosociality and Homosexualities (GREH) in France over the past several years. GREH, founded by Mendès-Leite in 1986, is a forum and university network designed to open and enrich debate and interdisciplinary research on homosociality, homosexuality, and lesbianism.

The chapters, all translated from their original French, represent a mosaic of scholars from Brazil, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Canada, as well as France, giving readers a broad perspective on the subject. Although authors share cultural roots and connections through GREH, the book contains a deliberate disparity of topics and points of view from French-speaking persons in the western hemisphere, seeking to heighten understanding through diversity.

The book is divided into three parts: Theoretical Background, Lesbian History and Commentary, and Gay Male History and Commentary. Some of the various topics discussed include:

  • theoretical background on sexualities and gender studies
  • gay and lesbian history
  • homosexuality and AIDS
  • nineteenth century's French gay and lesbian history
  • sociology of Brazilian homosexualities
  • French-spoken Canadian history on sexualities
  • historiographies

    An enlightening volume, Gay Studies From the French Cultures provides a bridge between English-language and Francophone research on homosexuality, increasing the knowledge, awareness, and understanding of a whole new group of readers.

Table of Contents

Contents I: Theoretical Background

  • On the Esthetics of Pleasures: Guidelines for a Socio-Anthropology of (Homo)Sexualities
  • Identification or the Pluralization of the Person
  • Foucault: The Imaginary Sex
  • Between Man and Woman: The Character of the Lesbian
  • II: Lesbian History and Commentary
  • Myths and Historiographies of Lesbian Sexuality
  • Sappho Mythified, Sappho Mystified or the Metamorphoses of Sappho in Fin-de-Siècle France
  • Silenced Resistances and Conflictual Identities: Lesbians in France, 1930-1968
  • Twentieth-Century Lesbians: Should We Revive Memory or Break With the Past?
  • III: Gay Male History and Commentary
  • Paederasty and Political Life in Archaic Greek Cities
  • Homosexual Exile: The Textuality of the Imaginary Paradise, 1800-1980
  • A Homosexual Militant at the Beginning of the Century: Marc André Raffalovich
  • The Minitel: The Glittering Future of a New Invention
  • Gai Pied (ital) After Ten Years: A Commercial Success, A Moral Bankruptcy?
  • IV: The New World
  • French Renaissance Travel Accounts: Images of Sin, Visions of the New World
  • Remembering Lesbian Bars: Montreal, 1955-1975
  • A Game of Appearances: The “Ambigusexuality” in Brazilian Culture of Sexuality
  • V. Childhood Sexuality
  • On a “Minority Complex”
  • VI. AIDS
  • The Evolution of the AIDS Illness and the Polarization of Values
  • Homosexual Rituals and Safer Sex
  • Homosexuals and AIDS: A New Approach to the Illness
  • Reference Notes Included
  • Index

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