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’.
Tables and Illustrations
Tables Novels and Poetry by Éric Jourdan xv Works for the Theatre by Éric Jourdan xxii Illustrations Figure 1 Éric Jourdan, photographed at the age of twenty-nine in Versailles. Figure 2 Page of the manuscript of Les Mauvais anges. Figure 3 Cover of the 1955 La Pensée moderne edition of Les Mauvais anges. Figure 4 Cover of the 1984 La Dif férence/Frédéric Birr edition of Les Mauvais anges (showing Giovanni Baglione, L’Amour sacré, l’amour profane). Figure 5 Cover of the 2001 La Musardine edition of Les Mauvais anges (showing part of Henry Scott Tuke, The Critics). Figure 6 Cover of the 2007 La Musardine edition of Le Garçon de joie.
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