Queer lives: men's autobiographies from nineteenth-century France

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Eight gay men wrote their autobiographies in French between 1845 and 1905; some of them reflected on their childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, others provided brief impressions of their loves and desires. A few of them dramatized their lives following contemporary theatrical and fictional models, while others wrote for medical doctors, who used the men's writings as case studies to illustrate their theories on sexual deviance. In some instances the doctors’ extensive interpretations cannot be separated from the men's own stories, but in others the authors speak for themselves.The remarkable autobiographies in Queer Lives, translated into English for the first time here, give present-day readers a rare glimpse into otherwise shrouded existences. They relate the experiences of a man about town, a cross-dressing entertainer, a troubled adolescent, and two fetishists, among others. The autobiographies will interest a wide audience today at a time when readers are seeking new views on the lives of ordinary men and women from the past, when gay people are looking for the roots of their communities, and when scholars are trying to understand the formation of sexual identities at a crucial moment in the history of modern Europe.
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table_of_contents "Secret confessions of a Parisian" / by Arthur W, The Countess (1874) -- "Loves" / by Anonymous, in Dr. Ambroise Tardieu's A Medical and legal study on assaults against morality (1867) -- "Observation I" / by Anonymous, in Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot and Dr. Valentin Magnan's Inversion of the sexual instinct (1881) -- "Autobiographical notes" / by Gustave L, in Dr. Paul Garnier's Madness in Paris (1890) -- "Autobiographical notes" / by Louis X, in Dr. Paul Garnier's The Fetishists (1895) -- "Letter to my parents" and "My autobiography" / by Antonio, in Dr. Andre Antheaume and Dr. Léon Parrot's A case of sexual inversion (1905) -- "Mental hermaphrodite and other autobiographical writings" / by Charles Double (1905) -- "The novel of an invert" / by Anonymous (1889, 1896).
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title Queer lives men's autobiographies from nineteenth-century France
title_display Queer lives men's autobiographies from nineteenth-century France
title_full Queer lives [electronic resource] : men's autobiographies from nineteenth-century France / translated, edited, and with an introduction by William A. Peniston and Nancy Erber
title_short Queer lives
title_sort queer lives men's autobiographies from nineteenth-century france
title_sub men's autobiographies from nineteenth-century France
translation French