From Bad Boys to New Men?: Masculinity, Sexuality and Violence in the Work of Eric Jourdan - Modern French Identities 113 (Paperback)Owen Heathcote (author)
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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
Number of pages: 251
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 225 x 150 mm
Edition: New edition
"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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