Cover for SCHEHR: French Gay Modernism

French Gay Modernism

Awards and Recognition:

A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2006.

A study of the representation of gayness in French modernist fiction during the 1920s and 1930s

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, André Gide, Marcel Proust, Jean Cocteau, René 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 characters encounter contempt, scorn, and worse and whose portrayals of homosexual couples and society were at once more open and more at risk.

To order online:
//www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/99rww3ah9780252029455.html

To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)

Related Titles

previous book next book
Rocking the Closet - Cover
Rocking the Closet

How Little Richard, Johnnie Ray, Liberace, and Johnny Mathis Queered Pop Music

Vincent L. Stephens

Alice in Pornoland - Cover
Alice in Pornoland

Hardcore Encounters with the Victorian Gothic

Laura Helen Marks

Shared Selves - Cover
Shared Selves

Latinx Memoir and Ethical Alternatives to Humanism

Suzanne Bost

Queer Timing - Cover
Queer Timing

The Emergence of Lesbian Sexuality in Early Cinema

Susan Potter

Black Sexual Economies - Cover
Black Sexual Economies

Race and Sex in a Culture of Capital

Edited by Adrienne D. Davis and the BSE Collective

Queer and Trans Migrations - Cover
Queer and Trans Migrations

Dynamics of Illegalization, Detention, and Deportation

Edited by Eithne Luibhéid and Karma R. Chávez

Black Queer Freedom - Cover
Black Queer Freedom

Spaces of Injury and Paths of Desire

GerShun Avilez

C. P. Cavafy - Cover
C. P. Cavafy

The Economics of Metonymy

Panagiotis Roilos

Vita Sexualis - Cover
Vita Sexualis

Karl Ulrichs and the Origins of Sexual Science

Ralph M. Leck

Ugly Differences - Cover
Ugly Differences

Queer Female Sexuality in the Underground

Yetta Howard