Herculine Barbin (Being the Recently Discovered Memoirs of a Nineteenth Century French Hermaphrodite) [Michel Foucault, Richard McDougall] on. 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.

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Unlawfully in love with another woman, [3] she was forced to transform into a male in because of a judge’s orders. 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.

To view it, click here. Apr 29, Lisa Harmonybites rated it really liked it Shelves: The story at the end was interesting, although the weakest of the contents. Sep 30, Laurel L. To live alone, always alone, in the midst of the crowd that surrounds me, without foucaulf word of love ever coming to gladden my soul, without a friendly hand reaching out to me!

Herculine Barbin

It made no sense to me then for race, and it makes no sense now, for gender. According to her account, she had a crush on an aristocratic female friend in school. Aug 24, Austin rated it really liked it.

In his critical introduction, Foucault calls Barbin’s pre-masculine upbringing a “happy limbo of non-identity” xiii. Definitely worth reading though to better understand the problems with rigid, traditional Western sex classifications or at least how people who don’t fit neatly into them are treated.


Eventually rumors about their affair began to circulate.

The graphic descriptions of hermaphrodite genitalia in medical reports on one hand satisfied my curousity but on the ot The memoir was heartbreaking. This page was last edited on 3 Octoberharbin It was just sad to read about a life that held so much promise, but ended so tragically.

But over time, after the Renaissance, that decision was taken over by the medical profession and the courts: A Gender by Kate Bornstein.

We all deceived one another and we were deceived, and that with the best faith in the world. I don’t really recall it as all that erotic, but I did think it brought up some fascinating issues about gender identity.

And finally, the last line of an article reporting on the case, no doubt written by a man, so clearly showing how the world saw the two sexes: As such, I have patients who have the diagnosis of intersex. Preview — Herculine Barbin by Herculine Barbin. Also, the addition of newspaper stories, medical and church records, and other essays rounded out the book beautifully. Judith Butler refers to Foucault’s commentary on Barbin at various hefculine in foufault Gender Troubleincluding her chapter “Foucault, Herculine, and the Politics of Sexual Discontinuity.

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. This page was last edited on 13 Octoberat Anyhow, this intrigued me from that viewpoint. So I was surprised to read in the next paragraph that “for a very long time I herculjne this five years ago but picked it up last month.


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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. And no, it’s not by Michel Foucault thankfully–it’s much more readable than anything by him I was forced to read in college.

He uses her as the main character but in his novel she is also a fledgling witch excellent book, by the way. It’s a tragic little tale, made worse by the good intentions however pompous and condescending of Herculine’s surgeons.

However, I believe depression can still result in such individuals today because of lack self-knowledge and self-toler A very interesting read for nerculine most part, although I wasn’t at all enamored with novella which was included with the book.

Herculine Barbin by Foucault, Michel

God I wish I could grab Alexina’s hands and tell her everything is alright!! Views Read Edit View history. The second part, describing life as a male, becomes more and more disjoint, confused, despair and hopelessness growing with every page. May 29, Sara rated it liked it. Mar 10, Hervuline rated it liked it Shelves: A pious girl in a Catholic orphanage, a bewildered adolescent enchanted by the ripening Her memoirs were found beside her bed. My heart positively ached for Herculine and Sara.