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From Bad Boys to New Men?: Masculinity, Sexuality and Violence in the Work of Eric Jourdan - Modern French Identities 113 (Paperback)
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From Bad Boys to New Men?: Masculinity, Sexuality and Violence in the Work of Eric Jourdan - Modern French Identities 113 (Paperback)

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Paperback 251 Pages / Published: 12/12/2013
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This book is the first critical survey of the work of Eric Jourdan. Jourdan first came to public attention as a schoolboy in 1955, when he published Les Mauvais anges, a sulphorous novel of adolescent male-to-male love, which was banned by the censors in 1956 and again in 1974. It did not officially appear until 1984. Despite the ban, and despite ongoing censorship, Jourdan continues to write novels, short stories and plays. His many books include the `trilogy' Charite, Revolte and Sang, and other equally uninhibited texts such as Le Garcon de joie, Aux gemonies and Le Jeune soldat. More recent publications include short stories, historical novels (Sans lois ni dieux, Lieutenant Darmancour) and the more autobiographical text Trois c urs.
This study charts Jourdan's writing career from Les Mauvais anges to the present day, situating his work in the context of writers from Peyrefitte and Montherlant to Guibert, Dustan and Guyotat. The analysis concentrates on three main themes: boyhood and masculinity; sex and (homo)sexuality; and violence and death. Throughout, a number of questions are paramount. What is the connection between masculinity and violence? How does Jourdan reconcile joie de vivre with pain and punishment? Do his young male protagonists progress from bad boys to new men? In what ways can his texts be seen as homoerotic, homosexual, gay or queer? What, ultimately, is the connection between sex, sexuality and writing in Jourdan?
The book includes detailed bibliographies of Jourdan's works and, for the first time since its original, controversial publication in Arcadie, his short story `Le Troisieme but'.

Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
ISBN: 9783034307369
Number of pages: 251
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 225 x 150 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
" Heathcote n'a pas simplement exhume un auteur majeur de notre epoque, mais permet desormais a la recherche universitaire d'explorer le dedale d'une uvre qui n'a pas encore livre tous ses secrets. " (Maxime Foerster, French Studies 68.3, 2014)
"Heathcote provides an unparalleled examination of Jourdan's entire literary oeuvre that serves as a reminder of what Jourdan brings to the understanding of contemporary French literature and Queer Studies." (Modern Language Review 110.3, 2015)

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