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Sexuality, Iconography, and Fiction in French

Queering the Martyr

Authors: Hartford, Jason James

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  • Examines a range of French and Belgian authors
  • Explores the idea of the “martyr” in the context of queer theory
  • Takes a broad look at the historical and religious influences on French literature beyond the canonical Catholic novel
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This book explores the modern cultural history of the queer martyr in France and Belgium. By analyzing how popular writers in French responded to Catholic doctrine and the tradition of St. Sebastian in art, Queering the Martyr shows how religious and secular symbols overlapped to produce not one, but two martyr-types. These are the queer type, typified first by Gustave Flaubert, which is a philosophical foil, and the gay type, popularized by Jean Genet but created by the Belgian Georges Eekhoud, which is a political and pornographic device. Grounded in feminist queer theory and working from a post-psychoanalytical point of view, the argument explores the potential and limits of these two figures, noting especially the persistence of misogyny in religious culture. 

About the authors

Jason Hartford is Stipendiary Lecturer in French at Merton College, Oxford, UK. He publishes on modern fictional, filmic, and theoretical topics, working from a comparative, cognitive, and queer-theoretical perspective. He has taught at the universities of Grenoble, Oxford, Sheffield, Avignon, Exeter, Stirling, Maynooth, and Chester. This is his first book. 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Hardcover $119.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sexuality, Iconography, and Fiction in French
Book Subtitle
Queering the Martyr
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-71903-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-71903-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-71902-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-10128-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 243
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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