The elastic closet : a history of homosexuality in France, 1942-present

Scott Gunther

Like any good closet, the French Republic has served both to protect and to restrain its gay citizens, keeping expressions of both pro-homosexual and anti-homosexual sentiment within a narrower range than has been the case in places like the United States - where both 'gay pride' and homophobia tend to be expressed more aggressively. The Elastic Closet examines the interconnected realms of law (from legal discrimination under Vichy to anti-hate speech legislation in 2004), politics (from the homophiles of the 1950s to distinctly French articulations of queer radicalism now) and the media (from postwar journals like Arcadie to Tetu and PinkTV today), with a focus on the relationship between French republican values and the possibilities they have offered for change in each of these three spheres. It is a reminder that in foreign places, other logics produce different, yet equally legitimate, strategies adapted to the specific constraints of their particular environments.

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  • Acknowledgements Introduction: Republican Values and The Depenalization of Sodomy in France It Could Have Been Worse (1940s-1960s) Attempts at Subversion (The 1970s) French Homosexuals Build a More Stately Closet (1980s-2000s) 'Outing' the French Gay Media (1990s and 2000s) Conclusion: Queer, Made in France Bibliography Index

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書名 The elastic closet : a history of homosexuality in France, 1942-present
著作者等 Gunther, Scott Eric
出版元 Palgrave Macmillan
刊行年月 2009
ページ数 ix, 166 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 023022105X
NCID BB26872321
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス