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DHIS 2380A - History of Homosexuality in the Western World, XIXth-XXth century

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


A basic knowledge of the political, cultural and social situation of France, Germany, Great-Britain and the United States between the 1800's and today

Course Description

This class will take French as well as Anglo-Saxon and international research into account in order to retrace the modern history of homosexuality in European and American societies since the beginning of the 19th century. The chronological and geographical limitation means a specific approach to homosexuality as a social and historical phenomenon, based on the question of identity, culture and self-consciousness. The major milestones of the history of homosexuality will be evoked, but beyond these well-documented facts, we'll try to focus on specific issues such as the common ground and differences between the history of male and female homosexuality, comparison between western countries, the role of art and literature in shaping homosexual lives and identity, the role of urban life in the development of a gay and lesbian « subculture », the history of words and concepts.


RETAILLAUD, Emmanuelle F. (Maître de conférence)

Course validation

1 oral presentation in class (individual or by pair, depending on class size) 1 book report 1 written exercise in class at the end of the semester 1 grade for participation

Required reading

  • CHAUNCEY George, Gay New York, Gender, Urban Culture and the Making of a Gay Male World 1890-1940, New York, Basic Books, 1994.
  • FADERMAN Lilian, Odd Girls ans Twilight Lovers, a History of Lesbian Life in the Twentieth Century America, New York, Penguin et Columbia University Press, 1991
  • TAMAGNE Florence, English history of homosexuality in Europe : Berlin, London, Paris, 1919-1939, Algora Pub, 2004.
  • ROBB Graham, Strangers. Homosexual Love in the 19th Century, London, Picador, 2003.
  • VICINUS Martha, Intimate Friends, Women who loved Women, 1778-1928, The University of Chicago Press, 2004

Additional required reading

  • FADERMAN Lillian,The Gay Révolution : the Story of the Struggle, New York, Simon & Chuster, 2015
  • The Times of Harvey Milk (Rob Epstein, 1984)
  • The Celluloid Closet (Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, 1996)
  • Paragraph 175 (Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, 2000)