Between Genders: Narrating Difference in Early French Modernism

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University of Delaware Press, 2004 - 206 Seiten
Between Genders studies representations of gender in a group of early and mid-nineteenth-century French texts. The five texts examined are diverse in both literary form and theme: two novels, Honore de Balzac's La Fille aux yeux d'or, Theophile Gantier's Mademoiselle de Maupin, a novella by Charles Baudelarie, La Fanfarlo, Claire de Duras's pseudo-confession narrative, Ourika, and an autobiography of an intersexual, currently known under the title Herculine Barbin. These texts all share a preoccupation with experiences of gender and with vicissitudes of gender identities. Between Genders demonstrates how gender differentiation becomes a defining issue in early French Modernism. It also explores how border crossings among seemingly distinct terms of identification (heterosexuality, homosexualities, androgyny, etc.) put in question the idea of identity and provoke reconsideration of other important issues: esthetic, ethical, and political questions that are the subject of intense scrutiny and contestation throughout the period. Nathaniel Wing is Professor of French at Louisiana State University.
 

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Acknowledgments
9
Introduction
13
Vous êtes sans doute très surpris mon cher dAlbert Improvisation and Gender in Théophile Gautiers Mademoiselle de Maupin
29
Androgyny Hysteria and the Poet in Charles Baudelaires La Fanfarlo
51
Admissions of Difference Gender and Ethnicity in Ourika
77
How HerculinesAbels Story Is Simplified Bringing Truth to Sexuality in Herculine Barbin
103
Urban Body Erotic Body Balzacs La Fille aux yeux dor
131
Conclusions
166
Notes
171
Bibliography
198
Index
202
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