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L'homosexualite Feminine Dans L'antiquite Grecque Et Romaine, Collection d'Etudes Anciennes 135.

Boehringer, Sandra

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2007, Classical Studies, Les Belles Lettres, 405 p., very good paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 1680486398

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Title: L'homosexualite Feminine Dans L'antiquite ...

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English summary: In the ancient world, opposition between men and women was not always evident because, at that time, "homosexual" and "heterosexual" categorizations were anachronic. One type of practice was, however, specifically characterized as such: sexual relations between women. Far from today's projective images of the "Amazon," the debauched woman or ethereal sapphic loves, this essay raises issues relating to norms, eroticism, desire and constraints. Based on the analysis of both iconographic and literary documents, the author paints a portrait of an ancient society in which female homosexuality seems other-worldly. French description: En Grece ancienne et dans la Rome antique, on ne parle pas d'"homosexuels" ni d'"heterosexuels" car ces categories n'ont pas cours a ces epoques. Les pratiques sexuelles ne sont pas passees sous silence pour autant, mais elles sont percues et evaluees selon des criteres qui engagent la citoyennete, la maitrise de soi, ou encore l'age ou les modalites du rapport erotique. Certaines de ces pratiques, cependant, echappent a ces criteres et ont ete peu etudiees jusqu'a present: il s'agit des relations sexuelles entre femmes. Loin de ce que l'on imagine aujourd'hui de l'"Amazone" ou de la femme debauchee et adonnee a la luxure, loin egalement des images d'Epinal des amours saphiques et etherees, la litterature et les documents figures se font l'echo d'attitudes et de representations que Sandra Boehringer entreprend ici de recenser, de dechiffrer et d'analyser. Ce faisant, elle esquisse la cartographie d'un systeme antique de genre, revelant une organisation sociale fortement codifiee. Dans le monde grec et romain, les lois du desir sont tres differentes des notres, et l'erotisme s'invente la ou l'on ne l'attend pas.

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"...this is an extraordinary book and well deserved the Prix Zographos de l'Association pour l'encouragement des études grecques en France in 2000." --John Granger Cook, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2014.05.44

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