French Gay Modernism pdf epub fb2

French Gay Modernism by Lawrence R. Schehr pdf epub fb2

French Gay Modernism Author: Lawrence R. Schehr
Title: French Gay Modernism
ISBN: 0252029453
ISBN13: 978-0252029455
Other Formats: doc lit txt mbr
Pages: 216 pages
Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st edition (September 24, 2004)
Language: English
Category: Literature & Fiction
Size PDF version: 1623 kb
Size EPUB version: 1462 kb
Subcategory: History & Criticism




The first four decades of the twentieth century saw male homosexuality appear in French literature with increasing frequency and boldness. Departing from earlier, more muted presentations, Andr Gide, Marcel Proust, Jean Cocteau, Ren Crevel, Francis Carco, and a host of less-famous writers, all created overtly gay characters are gave them increasingly numerous and significant roles. Far from being simply shunned or marginalized, a number of these works were instead accepted as canonical. Lawrence Schehr's French Gay Modernism is the only study devoted to the analyzing these representations of male homosexuality in early twentieth-century French literature. Schehr explains how earlier representations of homosexuality, encoded rather than conspicuous, served as a basis for later writers to treat homosexual behavior as sets of relationships rather than as secrets or scandals. The prominence of authors such as Proust and Gide also helped other writers take up homosexual relationships in their work, often by adopting the same representational strategies. Schehr doesn't limit his study to high literary culture, however. He devotes considerable attention to popular writers whose homosexual