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The Marquis de Villette and Mademoiselle de Raucourt: Representations of Male and Female Sexual Deviance in Late Eighteenth-century France

Jeffrey Merrick

in Homosexuality in Modern France

Published in print November 1996 | ISBN: 9780195093032
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854493 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195093032.003.0003

Series: Studies in the History of Sexuality

The Marquis de Villette and Mademoiselle de Raucourt: Representations of Male and Female Sexual Deviance in Late Eighteenth-century France

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This chapter examines representations of male and female sexual deviance in France during the late 18th century, focusing on the lives and experiences of Marquis de Villette and Mademoiselle de Raucourt. It discusses criticisms on Villete and Raucourt which illustrate several important themes in the history of homosexuality. These include the essential role of gender stereotypes in representations of sexual relations between members of the same sex, the polemical uses of accusations about sexual deviance in social commentary and political literature, and the gradual emergence of a conception of unconventional sexual identity connected with but also distinguished from the category of unnatural sexual acts.

Keywords: sexual deviance; France; Marquis de Villette; Mademoiselle de Raucourt; homosexuality; gender stereotypes; sexual identity; unnatural sex acts

Chapter.  11977 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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