Herculine Barbin (Being the Recently Discovered Memoirs of a Nineteenth Century French Hermaphrodite) [Michel Foucault, Richard McDougall] on. With an eye for the sensual bloom of young schoolgirls, and the torrid style of the romantic novels of her day, Herculine Barbin tells the story of. As Michel Foucault notes in his preface to Herculine Barbin, the nineteenth century was haunted by the theme of the hermaphrodite. Among.

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Most of what we know about Barbin comes from her later memoirs. Provocative, articulate, eerily prescient as she imagines her corpse hrrculine the probing instruments of scientists, Herculine brings a disturbing perspective to our own notions of sexuality.

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Pages to import images to Wikidata. Barbin’s memoirs inspired the French film The Mystery of Alexina. Jan 30, Pages. Judith Butlerin her book Gender Troubletakes this as an opportunity to read Foucault against himself, especially in History of Sexuality, Volume I.

This page was last edited on 3 Octoberat He had the journals republished as Herculine Barbin: The New York Review of Books. Regions of Sexuality 8. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

She was assigned as a girl and raised as such; her family referred to her as Alexina. Foucault explained in his introduction that the objective of social institutions was to restrict “the free choice of indeterminate individuals”.


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She regarded herself as unattractive but sometimes slipped into her friend’s room at night and was sometimes punished for that. According to her account, she had a crush on an aristocratic female friend in school. Selected pages Table of Contents. She had committed suicide by inhaling gas from ffoucault coal gas stove.

Herculine Barbin

A later legal decision declared official that Barbin was male. My library Help Advanced Book Search. However, her studies were successful and inat the age of seventeen she was sent to Le Chateau to study to become a teacher. This page was last edited on 13 Octoberat Jun 12, Pages Buy. The ingenousness of Herculine, the passionate yet equivocal tenderness which thrusts her into the arms, even into the beds, of her companions, gives these pages a charm strangely erotic…Michel Foucault has a genius for bringing to light texts and reviving destinies outside the ordinary.

Beyond Sexual Dimorphism in Culture and History. Herculine Barbin was born in as a female.

Archived from the original on Judith Butler refers to Foucault’s commentary on Barbin at various points in her Gender Troubleincluding her chapter “Foucault, Herculine, and the Politics of Sexual Discontinuity.

Third Sex, Third Gender: Looking for More Great Reads? With an eye for the sensual bloom of young schoolgirls, and the torrid style of the romantic novels of her day, Herculine Barbin tells the story of her life as a hermaphrodite.


A Gender by Kate Bornstein. He lecturerd in universities throughout the world; served as director at the Institut Francais in Hamburg, Germany and at the Institut de Philosophi at the Faculte des Lettres in the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France; and wrote frequently for French newspapers and reviews.

Michel Foucault discovered the memoirs in the s while conducting research at the French Department of Public Hygiene.

Jun 12, Pages. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Herculine Barbin and Michel Foucault.

Read it Forward Read it first. Herculine was designated female at birth.

Vidas paralelas: Foucault, Pierre Rivière e Herculine Barbin

Here, in an erotic diary, is one lost voice from our sexual past. A pious girl in a Catholic orphanage, a bewildered adolescent enchanted by the ripening bodies of her classmates, a passionate lover of another schoolmistress, she is suddenly reclassified as a man. Specifically, Butler cites the “institutional injunction to pursue the love of the various ‘sisters’ and ‘mothers’ of the extended convent family and the absolute prohibition against carrying that love too far”.

In the memoirs, Barbin would use female pronouns when writing about her life prior to sexual redesignation and bagbin pronouns, including Alexina and Camille, following the declaration. See all books by Michel Foucault.