Jeffrey Merrick

in Homosexuality in Modern France

Published in print November 1996 | ISBN: 9780195093032
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854493 | DOI:

Series: Studies in the History of Sexuality


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This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about is France during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. This book examines the relation of homosexuality and the Enlightenment and analyses the experiences of Marie-Antoinette, Marquis de Villette, and Mademoiselle de Raucourt. It also explores the regulation of male homosexuality, lesbian working class culture, and Michel Foucault's thoughts about sexuality and the history of sexuality in France. It demonstrates that people involved in same-sex sexual relations experienced repression and toleration in different ways and to different degrees, depending on sex and class as well as historical circumstances.

Keywords: homosexuality; France; Enlightenment; Marie-Antoinette; Marquis de Villette; Mademoiselle de Raucourt; lesbian culture; Michel Foucault; sexuality; repression

Chapter.  2045 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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