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Herculine Barbin

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With an eye for the sensual bloom of young schoolgirls, and the torrid style of the romantic novels of her day, Herculine Barbin tells the story of her life as a hermaphrodite. Herculine was designated female at birth. A pious girl in a Catholic orphanage, a bewildered adolescent enchanted by the ripening bodies of her classmates, a passionate lover of another schoolmistress, she is suddenly reclassified as a man. Alone and desolate, he commits suicide at the age of thirty in a miserable attic in Paris.

Here, in an erotic diary, is one lost voice from our sexual past. Provocative, articulate, eerily prescient as she imagines her corpse under the probing instruments of scientists, Herculine brings a disturbing perspective to our own notions of sexuality. Michel Foucault, who discovered these memoirs in the archives of the French Department of Public Hygiene, presents them with the graphic medical descriptions of Herculine's body before and after her death. In a striking contrast, a painfully confused young person and the doctors who examine her try to sort out the nature of masculine and feminine at the dawn of the age of modern sexuality.

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One of the leading intellectuals of the twentieth century and the most prominent thinker in post-war France, Foucault's work influenced disciplines as diverse as history, sociology, philosophy, sociology and literary criticism.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780394738628
Author:
Foucault, Michel
Publisher:
Vintage
Translator:
McDougall, Richard
Author:
Barbin, Herculine
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Sexuality
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Sociology, anthropology and archaeology
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Hermaphroditism
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
gender;biography;memoir;history;sexuality;gender studies;19th century;non-fiction;hermaphrodite;france;autobiography;foucault;trans;philosophy;queer;history of sexuality;sex;intersex;transgender
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
19800612
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.22x5.46x.61 in. .55 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Transgender
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