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Living in Arcadie

in Living in Arcadia

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780226389257
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226389288 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226389288.003.0007
Living in Arcadie

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André Baudry founded Arcadie to change the world's perception of homosexuality and to connect homosexuals not only to their history and culture but also to each other. While it was true that Arcadie aspired to integrate homosexuals into the heterosexual world, it also offered them an alternative space of sociability separate from it. Baudry sought to gather together what he called the “people of homophiles” into a kind of community or “a spiritual family.” This article explores the nature of that community and what it meant to those who formed it. To introduce its readers to homosexual culture, Arcadie provided bibliographies on homosexuality including novels, biographies and autobiographies, “miscellaneous studies,” and foreign books. Outside Paris, Arcadie meant the review, while in the capital it was also the club.

Keywords: Arcadie; André Baudry; homosexuality; review; bibliographies; novels; club; homophiles; homosexuals; sociability

Chapter.  14196 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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