Des mœurs sexuelles des Sélénites (Lucien, Histoires vraies, I, 22) : entre satire queer et constructionnisme incarné, le sexe qui donne à rire et à penser

Abstract : In the True Stories of Lucian of Samosata, the issues of gender and sexuality are crucial, as they efficiently can provoke both laughter and thought. This study focuses on the description of the Selenites and their way of life (I. 22-25), as a parodic device inspired by Scepticism and Cynicism and based on seriocomic effects (spoudogeloion): it puts in a state of crisis historical inquiry, cultural and physical anthropology as well as natural sciences. This crisis is based on fantastic comic fiction and its typically sophistic language plays. Lucian here is paradoxically both a sophistic and philosophical figure, at the same time constructionist, relativist, postmodern: he might remind us of a queer perspective, simultaneously interested in hybridization, spectacular extravagance, and critical thinking. The study ends with some problematic examples of modern and contemporary reception.
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Michel Briand. Des mœurs sexuelles des Sélénites (Lucien, Histoires vraies, I, 22) : entre satire queer et constructionnisme incarné, le sexe qui donne à rire et à penser. Archimède : archéologie et histoire ancienne, UMR7044 - Archimède, 2018, Archimède n°5. Archéologie et histoire ancienne, pp.95-107. ⟨http://archimede.unistra.fr/revue-archimede/archimede-5-2018⟩. ⟨halshs-01825211⟩

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