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Herculine Barbin: Being the Recently Discovered Memoirs of a Nineteenth Century Hermaphrodite

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With an eye for the sensual blossom of young schoolgirls, and the torrid style of the romantic novels of her own day, Herculine Barbin tells the story of her life as a hermaphrodite. Designated female at birth, 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. Alone and desolate, he commits suicide at the age of thirty in a miserable attic in Paris.

Here, in an erotic diary, is one lost voice from our sexual past. Provocative, articulate, eerily prescient as she imagines her corpse under the probing instruments of science, Herculine brings a disturbing perspective to our own notions of sexuality.

Dust Jacket is intact but has small tears on the front and back cover and also on the spine. The previous owner's name is written in pen on the inside page.

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Author(s):
Michel Foucault
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1980
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
199
Publisher:
The Harvester Press
Title:
Herculine Barbin: Being the Recently Discovered Memoirs of a Nineteenth Century Hermaphrodite

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With an eye for the sensual blossom of young schoolgirls, and the torrid style of the romantic novels of her own day, Herculine Barbin tells the story of her life as a hermaphrodite. Designated female at birth, 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. Alone and desolate, he commits suicide at the age of thirty in a miserable attic in Paris.

Here, in an erotic diary, is one lost voice from our sexual past. Provocative, articulate, eerily prescient as she imagines her corpse under the probing instruments of science, Herculine brings a disturbing perspective to our own notions of sexuality.

Dust Jacket is intact but has small tears on the front and back cover and also on the spine. The previous owner's name is written in pen on the inside page.

Author(s):
Michel Foucault
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1980
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
199
Publisher:
The Harvester Press
Title:
Herculine Barbin: Being the Recently Discovered Memoirs of a Nineteenth Century Hermaphrodite

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