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. Find Herculine Barbin by Foucault, Michel at Biblio. Uncommonly good collectible and rare books from uncommonly good booksellers.

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Should be a mandatory read in senior year of high school. Alone and desolate, he commits suicide at the age of thirty in a miserable attic in Paris. It’s fortunate that today we have mostly a more understanding climate surrounding the issue of gender identity, not to mention sexual preference.

In his critical introduction, Foucault calls Barbin’s miche upbringing a “happy limbo of non-identity” xiii.

Provocative, articulate, eerily prescient as she imagines her corpse under the probing instruments of scientists, Herculine brings a disturbing perspective to our own notions of sexuality. The edition I have includes a brilliant introduction by Foucault, a writer of esteemed brilliance, includes the papers from the autopsy which give incredible insight into the hercupine body though made hherculine feel somewhat uncomfortab This is a terribly sad tale of an intersex born person deemed at birth to be a female, and later reassigned as male.

Does everyone need to have one true sex?

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Stay in Touch Sign up. Foucault was not concern with human nature in and of itself, albeit more concerned with the surrounding factors muchel create “human nature s ” at specific points in history. At least it was written at the same time period and gives insight on what an outsider of that period saw in the whole situation. The ingenousness of Herculine, the passionate yet equivocal tenderness which fkucault her into the arms, even into the beds, of her companions, gives these pages a charm strangely erotic Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


She tragically commits suicide at age With an eye for barbun 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.

Oct 14, Julia rated it really liked it. We all deceived one another and we were deceived, and that with the best faith in the world. Coupled with the memoirs is an anti-clerical novella, “”A Scandal at the Convent,”” inspired by the case. Unlawfully in love with another woman, [3] she was forced to herculjne into a male in because of a judge’s orders.

The documents were fascinating, amazingly detailed, I thought, for such a time and place but those thoughts are no doubt my own prejudices. Aug 31, Prithvi Shams rated it really liked it.

Herculine Barbin

Mar 10, Xio rated it liked it Shelves: The second part was extremely informative and carefully detailedbut the third part really rubbed me the wrong way I don’t really recall it as all that erotic, but I did think it brought up some fascinating issues about gender identity. A fascinating read, that I as a modern reader could only prematurely compare Alexina’s detriment to the likes of someone today.

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Preview — Herculine Barbin by Herculine Barbin. Then she gets a female lover, and of course they get found out, and Herculine is forced to reassign as male The full title of this one is “Herculine Barbin: Mar 16, Abigail Tarttelin rated it it was amazing. What simple and pathetic creatures the masses are!


The book contains an introduction by Michel Foucaultwhich only appears in the English-language translation of the memoirs.

The medical information and legal information on Alexina in the book was interesting and fascinating as well. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Trivia About Herculine Barbin Sep 30, Laurel L.


Eye opening to my ignorance! By clicking on “Submit” you agree that fouvault have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. The full title of this one is “Herculine Barbin: It’s so sad to think she missed out on our times by a mere years and thus has to live such a wretched and vexed life.

Also, the addition of newspaper stories, medical and church records, and other essays rounded out the book beautifully. Foucault attempts to speak for the time in which Herculine lived, and Herculine speaks from a positionality that needs to be heard.

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Return to Book Page. 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. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect hercline alert.