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Sexuality, Iconography, and Fiction in French

Queering the Martyr


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Jason James Hartford
    Pages 1-32
  3. Jason James Hartford
    Pages 33-64
  4. Jason James Hartford
    Pages 65-95
  5. Jason James Hartford
    Pages 97-136
  6. Jason James Hartford
    Pages 137-180
  7. Jason James Hartford
    Pages 181-220
  8. Jason James Hartford
    Pages 221-229
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 231-243

About this book


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: 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. 


Catholicism in French literature queer studies and Catholicism queer studies and French Literature the martyr in French literature Georges Eekhoud Catholic iconography and homosexuality Gustave Flaubert Queer themes in Flaubert Antonin Artaud Jean Genet Michel Tournier Guy Hocquenghem martyrdom in Tournier gay men in Hocquenghem the gay martyr misogyny within Catholicism gay male identity within the Christian tradition religious cultural production in Belgium and France Catholic doctrine of martyrdom letters of Gustave Flaubert

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Merton CollegeOxfordUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Jason Hartford is Stipendiary Lecturer in French at Merton College, Oxford, UK. He publishes on modern fictional, filmic, and theoretical topics, working from a comparative, cognitive, and queer-theoretical perspective. He has taught at the universities of Grenoble, Oxford, Sheffield, Avignon, Exeter, Stirling, Maynooth, and Chester. This is his first book. 

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