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The Frail Social Body – Pornography, Homosexuality, and Other Fantasies in Interwar France - California Scholarship Online
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The Frail Social Body: Pornography, Homosexuality, and Other Fantasies in Interwar France

Carolyn Dean and Kai-Wing Chow


Amid the national shame and subjugation following World War I in France, cultural critics there—journalists, novelists, doctors, and legislators, among others—worked to rehabilitate what was perceived as an unhealthy social body. This book shows how these critics attempted to reconstruct the “bodily integrity” of the nation by pointing to the dangers of homosexuality and pornography. It demonstrates the importance of this concept of bodily integrity in France and shows how it was ultimately used to define first-class citizenship. The book presents fresh historical material—including novels and ... More

Keywords: World War I, France, social body, homosexuality, pornography, bodily integrity, fantasies, citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780520219953
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520219953.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carolyn Dean, author

Kai-Wing Chow, editor

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