Natalism, Homosexuality, and the Controversy over <i>Corydon</i>

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

Natalism, Homosexuality, and the Controversy over Corydon

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This chapter examines the history of homosexuality, natalism, and the controversy surrounding André Gide's book Corydon in France during the early 1900s. It mentions studies indicating that a vast homosexual culture thrived in Paris during the sexual revolution of the interwar years and suggests that this period constituted something of a golden age for French homosexuality. However, Gide's book has shown that tolerance of homosexuality was almost nonexistent outside of the capital and uncommon even within Paris. Many of the men and women who “came out” during this time experienced provincial intolerance, parental dismay, and public antipathy.

Keywords: homosexuality; natalism; André Gide; Corydon; sexual revolution; interwar years; coming out; intolerance; parental dismay; public antipathy

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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