The End, 1979–1982

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:
The End, 1979–1982

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At the end of the 1970s, André Baudry and Arcadie were still alive. In May 1979, Arcadie organized a large international congress in Paris on the theme of “homosexuality as seen by others.” Held at the Palais des Congrès, it was attended by some 1,200 people from all over the world, including the center-left senator Henri Cavaillet, the distinguished historian Paul Veyne, the best-selling novelist Robert Merle, and Michel Foucault. The congress attracted some positive attention even from the radical gay press. It was the most impressive gathering in Arcadie's history, yet it also proved to be the group's swan song. Three years later Arcadie had dissolved, and Baudry had left France forever. Arcadie's end was not inevitable. This article focuses on Arcadie's last years (1979–1982) and examines the factors that led to its demise. It looks at the 1978 elections, the reorientation of gay politics in France, the formation of the Emergency Committee against Homosexual Repression, and Arcadie's refusal to join it.

Keywords: Arcadie; André Baudry; homosexuality; France; congress; Michel Foucault; gay press; elections; gay politics; Emergency Committee against Homosexual Repression

Chapter.  7012 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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