La Camera oscura de Gide ou l'écriture du plaisir homosexuel

Abstract : This study considers André Gide’s literary writing as exploring the ‘camera obscura’, to take up the metaphor used by J.-J. Rousseau to designate the private space that Les Confessions attempted to capture. For Gide, this exploration of the self, which is also a confrontation, was about understanding homosexual desire, perceived as both natural and potentially alienating in the sense that views of the time defined it as monstrous. His work writing Cordyon and Si le grain ne meurt, in particular, aimed to give existence to this desire and to create a discourse that escaped the shackles of positivism, particularly of a medical order. In this way, a fluid writing of desire is put in place, based notably on dialogue. Gide thus liberates language about sexuality from scientific discourse, and makes the literary space into a locus for dialogical reflection about deep instincts, where sexuality functions hermeneutically within a relational approach.
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Jean-Marie Roulin. La Camera oscura de Gide ou l'écriture du plaisir homosexuel. Studi francesi, Rosenberg & Sellier, 2013, 170, p. 385-395. ⟨halshs-00866624⟩



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