Sexuality, Iconography, and Fiction in French

Queering the Martyr

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages243
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-71903-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-71902-3, 978-3-030-10128-2
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Iconography
Sexuality
Fiction
Martyr
Queerness
Gustave Flaubert
Belgium
Writer
Symbol
Queer Theory
Persistence
Art
Cultural History
Misogyny
Religious Culture
Jean Genet
Religion
Doctrine
France

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Sexuality, Iconography, and Fiction in French : Queering the Martyr. / Hartford, Jason.

1 ed. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. 243 p.

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