By Jeffrey Merrick, Bryant T. Ragan Jr.
This quantity explores the realities and representations of same-sex sexuality in France within the eighteenth, 19th, and 20th centuries, the interval that witnessed the emergence of ''homosexuality'' within the sleek feel of the observe. in response to archival learn and textual research, the articles learn the advance of gay subcultures and illustrate the ways that philosophes, pamphleteers, police, novelists, scientists, and politicians conceptualized same-sex family and hooked up them with extra common matters approximately order and illness. The contributors--Elizabeth Colwill, 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 tools of highbrow and cultural background, the background of technology, literary reports, felony and social background, and microhistory. This assortment indicates how the topic of homosexuality is said to special issues in French background: the Enlightenment, the progressive culture, social self-discipline, positivism, elite and pop culture, nationalism, feminism, and the development of identification.
Given the function of gays and lesbians in glossy French tradition and the paintings of French students at the historical past of sexuality, this assortment fills a huge hole within the literature and represents the 1st try in any language to discover this topic over 3 centuries from quite a few views.