The Inverted Gaze: Queering the French Literary Classics in by François Cusset,David Homel PDF

By François Cusset,David Homel

François Cusset, writer of the acclaimed booklet French Theory, investigates the queering of the French literary canon via American writers and students during this thought-provoking and free-minded trip throughout six centuries of literary classics and sexual polemics.

Cusset offers the rules and motive for American queer concept, the sphere of analysis confirmed within the Nineties and promulgated by way of writers and students equivalent to Judith Butler, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and Michael Warner (in the wake of Michel Foucault), which demanding situations a meant "heteronormative" ideology in our tradition. He offers an summary in their reinterpretation of the French literary canon from a queer standpoint, then intentionally is going extra, confronting that very same canon with a full of life type of common suspicion—seeking gender difficulty and sexual ambiguities within the so much unforeseen corners of French literary classics, within which macho heroes grow to be homosocial melancholics and the main probably submissive housewives are nice vanguards of lesbian liberation.

Cusset's survey contains medieval and Renaissance literature, works from the Age of Enlightenment, nineteenth-century avant-gardists equivalent to Charles Baudelaire and Honoré de Balzac, and twentieth-century modernists reminiscent of Marcel Proust and Jean Genet.

Bold in its topics and propositions, The Inverted Gaze (a translation of the booklet Queer Critics) is a rare paintings approximately French literature and American queer politics through one among France's largest highbrow stars.

François Cusset is a professor of yank reports on the college of Paris. he's the writer of diverse books together with French Theory (2008).

David Homel is an award-winning translator and author who lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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