Date of Award
Senior Honors Thesis
College or School
Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Program or Major
Bachelor of Arts
This thesis, originally written in French, aims to explore the ways in which male homosexuality is represented and defined in contemporary French literature through the novels of André Gide and Hervé Guibert. I will argue and defend the existence of two cultural domains of existence, the private and public, and how each is represented in Les Faux-monnayeurs (1925) and À l'ami qui ne m'a pas sauvé la vie (1990), respectively. French literature of the 20th century in regards to homosexuality endured a cultural and sociological evolution that resulted in the disappearance of the private domain and the creation of the public, as a result of numerous sociological phenomena including a relaxation of cultural mores and the rise of AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s. Though this subject matter remains relatively unexplored in French academic studies, it is necessary to study and analyze these works, as their pertinence to today's current events cannot go unobserved.
Evelyn, Ryan James, "Un cri dans le silence: Une analyse culturelle et littéraire de l’émergence de thèmes homosexuels dans les oeuvres de Gide et Guibert" (2015). Honors Theses and Capstones. 212.