Masculinity, Sexuality and Violence in the Work of Éric Jourdan
This study charts Jourdan’s writing career from Les Mauvais anges to the present day, situating his work in the context of writers from Peyrefitte and Montherlant to Guibert, Dustan and Guyotat. The analysis concentrates on three main themes: boyhood and masculinity; sex and (homo)sexuality; and violence and death. Throughout, a number of questions are paramount. What is the connection between masculinity and violence? How does Jourdan reconcile joie de vivre with pain and punishment? Do his young male protagonists progress from bad boys to new men? In what ways can his texts be seen as homoerotic, homosexual, gay or queer? What, ultimately, is the connection between sex, sexuality and writing in Jourdan?
The book includes detailed bibliographies of Jourdan’s works and, for the first time since its original, controversial publication in Arcadie, his short story ‘Le Troisième but’.
Works by Éric Jourdan AB 93 L’Amour brut (Paris: Flammarion, 1993) AB 2006 L’Amour brut (Paris: La Musardine, 2006) AG Aux gémonies (Paris: H&O Éditions, 2007) C Charité (Paris: Éditions du Seuil, 1991) DV La Détresse et la violence (Paris: Plon, 1956) GD Le Garçon et le diable (Paris: H&O Éditions, 2011) GJ Le Garçon de joie (Paris: La Musardine, 2007) JS Le Jeune soldat (Paris: La Musardine, 2011) LD Lieutenant Darmancour (Paris: H&O Éditions, 2010) MA Les Mauvais anges (Paris: La Musardine, 2001) PO Les Penchants obscurs (Paris: Plon, 1958) PJS ‘Portrait d’un jeune seigneur en dieu des moissons’ et autres nouvelles (Paris: La Musardine, 2010) PJ Pour jamais (Paris: H&O Éditions, 2006) R Révolte (Paris: Éditions du Seuil, 1991) Sac Saccage (Paris: La Musardine, 2005) Sang Sang (Paris: Éditions du Seuil, 1992) SLD Sans lois ni dieux (Le Songe d’Alcibiade) (Le Triadou: H&O Éditions, 2010) TC Trois cœurs (Paris: Pauvert, 2008)
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