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Michel Foucault's Sexuality and the History of Homosexuality in France

Robert A. Nye

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/9780195093032.003.0011

Series: Studies in the History of Sexuality

Michel Foucault's Sexuality and the History of Homosexuality in France

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This chapter examines philosopher Michel Foucault's views on sexuality and the history of homosexuality in France. It argues that analyzing simultaneously Foucault's sexual life as a gay French male and his work on sexuality will illuminate both the work and the life in important ways. It suggests that Foucault's scholarly hermeneutic made it possible for him to be both the object and the subject of his investigations of the history of homosexuality.

Keywords: Michel Foucault; sexuality; homosexuality; France; gay man; sexual life

Chapter.  8012 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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