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Sexual Crime, Religion and Masculinity in fin-de-siecle France: The Flamidien Affair - Genders and Sexualities in History (Paperback)
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Sexual Crime, Religion and Masculinity in fin-de-siecle France: The Flamidien Affair - Genders and Sexualities in History (Paperback)

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This book explores a vital though long-neglected clash between republicans and Catholics that rocked fin-de-siecle France. At its heart was a mysterious and shocking crime. In Lille in 1899, the body of twelve-year-old Gaston Foveaux was discovered in a school run by a Catholic congregation, the Freres des Ecoles Chretiennes. When his teacher, Frere Flamidien, was charged with sexual assault and murder, a local crime became a national scandal. The Flamidien Affair shows that masculinity was a critical site of contest in the War of Two Frances pitting republicans against Catholics. For republicans, Flamidien's vow of chastity as well as his overwrought behaviour during the investigation made him the target of suspicion; Catholics in turn constructed a rival vision of masculinity to exonerate the accused brother. Both sides drew on the Dreyfus Affair to make their case.

Publisher: Springer Nature Switzerland AG
ISBN: 9783030090029
Number of pages: 122
Weight: 187 g
Dimensions: 210 x 148 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 201


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"Verhoeven's judicious, rich scholarship beautifully recreates the debates and animosities ... This book will interest non-specialists, undergraduate and graduate students, and professors of history, French cultural studies, criminology, sexuality, and gender studies." (Sharon P. Johnson, French Studies, Vol. 73 (2), April, 2019)


"Verhoeven ... showcase the continuing need for scholars to more fully integrate gender into their work, but also the need for historians of gender and sexuality to pay closer attention to religion. I highly recommend this book not only to gender historians, but also to anyone interested in the political and cultural history of the early French Third Republic." (Andrew Israel Ross, French History, April 02, 2019)



"Timothy Verhoeven's excellent monograph on the so-called Flamidien Affair is a study of masculinity that will interest historians of the Church as well as a wider academic audience. This book speaks to a growing body of scholarship in which the analytical tool of gender is applied to the study of religious faiths and sexualities." (Elizabeth C. Macknight, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 70 (1), January, 2019)

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