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Creating Boundaries: Homosexuality and the Changing Social Order in France, 1830–1870

Victoria Thompson

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/9780195093032.003.0006

Series: Studies in the History of Sexuality

Creating Boundaries: Homosexuality and the Changing Social Order in France, 1830–1870

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This chapter examines the relationship between homosexuality and the changing social order in France during the period from 1830 to 1870. The publication of Théophile Gautier's Mademoiselle de Maupin caused a tremendous sensation and scandalized bourgeois readers by raising the possibility of a love affair between two men or two women. This chapter suggests that this work played a central role in the larger debate over the social order occurring in mid-19th century France, a debate where definitions of sexuality, linked to categories of class and gender, came to play an important role.

Keywords: homosexuality; social order; France; Théophile Gautier; Mademoiselle de Maupin; sexuality debate

Chapter.  12326 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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