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The Politics of Love

Queer Heterosexuality in Nineteenth-Century French Literature

Maxime Foerster (author)

ISBN: 9781512601701

Publication Date: Apr 2018

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

In expertly evaluating the discord afflicting fictional heterosexual couples, male and female dandies, and doctors and their female patients, Maxime Foerster shows the crucial role that literature played in the fashioning of alternative identities.
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What would love be if heterosexual couples were no longer assigned gender and sexual norms?

Maxime Foerster examines the "heterosexual trouble" between men and women in nineteenth-century French Romantic and Decadent literature. Key works by authors ranging from George Sand to Charles Baudelaire persistently demonstrate that heterosexuality did not work: these authors, and many others, investigated the struggle that men and women alike waged against patriarchal norms. Whereas Romantic fiction dedicated itself to the reinvention of love, Decadence promoted sexual and gender deviance.

In expertly evaluating the discord afflicting fictional heterosexual couples, male and female dandies, and doctors and their female patients, Foerster shows the crucial role that literature played in the fashioning of alternative identities. A concluding look at Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu traces the legacy of heterosexual trouble in the twentieth century.
Pages 240
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Apr 2018
Publisher University of New Hampshire Press
Series Becoming Modern: New Nineteenth-Century Studies
Subject/s Literary studies: general   Gender studies, gender groups   Gay & Lesbian studies  
Maxime Foerster is an assistant professor of French in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

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