Genders and Sexualities in History
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Sexual Crime, Religion and Masculinity in fin-de-siècle France

The Flamidien Affair

Authors: Verhoeven, Timothy

  • Explores the political culture of fin-de-siècle France through an examination of  a notorious crime and its aftermath in 1899
  • Utilises a mass of archival records illuminating the nature of masculinity, the power of the popular press and understandings of sexual perversion
  • Demonstrates the role of sexual crime in driving the republican attack on the Catholic Church
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About this book

This book explores a vital though long-neglected clash between republicans and Catholics that rocked fin-de-siècle France. At its heart was a mysterious and shocking crime. In Lille in 1899, the body of twelve-year-old Gaston Foveaux was discovered in a school run by a Catholic congregation, the Frères des Écoles Chrétiennes. When his teacher, Frère Flamidien, was charged with sexual assault and murder, a local crime became a national scandal.  The Flamidien Affair shows that masculinity was a critical site of contest in the War of Two Frances pitting republicans against Catholics. For republicans, Flamidien’s vow of chastity as well as his overwrought behaviour during the investigation made him the target of suspicion; Catholics in turn constructed a rival vision of masculinity to exonerate the accused brother. Both sides drew on the Dreyfus Affair to make their case. 

About the authors

Timothy Verhoeven is Senior Lecturer in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University, Australia. He is the author of Transnational anti-Catholicism: France and the United States in the Nineteenth Century (2010) as well as a series of articles on the history of Catholicism, anticlericalism and masculinity.

Reviews

“Timothy Verhoeven’s excellent monograph on the so-called Flamidien Affair is a study of masculinity that will interest historians of the Church as well as a wider academic audience. This book speaks to a growing body of scholarship in which the analytical tool of gender is applied to the study of religious faiths and sexualities.” (Elizabeth C. Macknight, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 70 (1), January, 2019)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Verhoeven, Timothy

    Pages 1-12

  • Gaston Foveaux: Lille and the War of Two Frances

    Verhoeven, Timothy

    Pages 13-29

  • Charles Delalé: Republicans, Celibacy and the Performance of Masculinity

    Verhoeven, Timothy

    Pages 31-46

  • Dr. Castiaux: Legal Medicine, Pederasty and Effeminacy at the Fin de Siècle

    Verhoeven, Timothy

    Pages 47-62

  • Cyr: Catholic Masculinity and the Defence of Frère Flamidien

    Verhoeven, Timothy

    Pages 63-78

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eBook £35.99
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Hardcover £44.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-09002-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sexual Crime, Religion and Masculinity in fin-de-siècle France
Book Subtitle
The Flamidien Affair
Authors
Series Title
Genders and Sexualities in History
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-74479-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-74479-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-74478-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09002-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 122
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
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