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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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Alexina was portrayed scandalously, as practically having raped her lover. She was micnel woman harbin then had to revert back to legal status as a man at age What simple and pathetic creatures the masses are! Archived from the original on Rather it could be said it was assembled by him, consisting of the memoir he discovered at the French Department of Public Hygiene to which he added the medical documentation of her condition–and in some editions–an introduction.

My heart positively ached for Herculine and Sara. Read about the first ever intersex ownvoices book! To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The book contains an introduction by Michel Foucaultwhich only appears in the English-language translation of the memoirs.

Herculine’s report of “”troubling sensations”” leads to a doctor’s examination which leads to the obvious–discovery of a combination of male and female genitals that renders the propriety of her teaching position, not to mention her passionate friendship, highly suspect.

Provocative, articulate, eerily prescient as she imagines her corpse under the probing instruments of scientists, Herculine brings a disturbing perspective to our 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 physical body though made me 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. For centuries, it was quite simply agreed that hermaphrodites had two. Hercukine attempts to speak for the time in which Herculine lived, and Herculine speaks from a positionality that needs to be heard.

Well, this hasn’t quite ended I found it fascinating and informing and when I discovered Kate Bornstein a few years later I was thrilled to see a person take control of her life and the relevant information concerning her choices and her issues good and bad with people.

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.

Anyhow, this intrigued me from that herchline. Foucault touches on so many of the points made famous in his other works: And no, it’s hercuoine by Michel Foucault thankfully–it’s much more readable than anything by him I herculnie forced to read in college. Lists with This Book. A pious girl in a Catholic orphanage, a bewildered adolescent enchanted by the ripening bodies of her classmates, a passionate lover of another schoolmistress, she is suddenly reclassified as a man.

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And her character should not have been defined by forcing a male gender and legal status that way. See all books by Michel Foucault.


My only criticism is probably due to the cultural context in which the book was written: Despite the advice of a bishop that she enter a nunnery and keep mum, Herculine allows her status to be legally changed.


Racconto di una vita dolorosa fisicamente ma soprattutto umanamente.

Alone and desolate, he commits suicide at the age of thirty in a miserable attic in Paris. Whilst sad, it is comforting to know how far society has come since, in openness with regard to sexual and gender identity outside of the heteronormative and cisgender assignments or assumptions.

There are no discussion topics on michl book yet. Definitely worth reading though to better understand the problems with rigid, traditional Western sex classifications herculie at least how people who don’t fit neatly into them are treated.

I read this five years ago but picked it up last month. Unlawfully in love with another woman, [3] she was forced to transform into a male in because of a judge’s orders.

Herculine Barbin – Michel Foucault – Google Books

In our world, hermaphrodism made a splash with the novel Middlesex. Herculine Barbin and Michel Foucault. Trivia About Herculine Barbin Serendipitously spied Pulitzer Prize winner Jeffrey Eugenides as a guest on Oprah, discussing his acclaimed novel Middlesex.

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. I feel fortunate to have been given such a personal and clear glimpse to this very particular past.

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