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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I read mivhel for a class this semester. Bagbin published in English inthe book contains writings related to the historical figure and hermaphrodite Alexina Herculine Barbin called Camille in her memoirs.

Account Options Sign in. Be the first to discover new talent! Apr 15, Mary rated it it was amazing. This book called an “erotic diary” was actually assigned reading in a political science course. Why do we need to be pinned down with a check in the box male or female? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The ingenousness of Herculine, the passionate yet equivocal tenderness which thrusts her into the arms, even into the beds, of her companions, gives these pages a charm strangely erotic…Michel Foucault has a genius for bringing to light texts and reviving destinies outside the ordinary.

Paperbackpages. Here, in an erotic diary, is one lost voice from our sexual past.

The memoirs come with an introduction by Foucault, the recovered reports of the doctors who examined hir which are, let me say, chilling and a – get this – morality play that was written based on hir life.


To view it, click here. About Herculine Barbin 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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Feb 29, Nik rated it really liked it. As luck would have it, Herculine aka Alexina was a really brilliant writer and storyteller, so this is an engaging read.

Herculine Barbin

This is a terribly sad tale of an intersex born person deemed at birth to be a female, and later reassigned as male. All in all, if this book wasn’t assigned reading, I would never have picked it out on my own; I could care less that it’s Foucault.

Luckily for the reader, Foucault only introduces the materials, and then remains silent for the rest of the book. When a person demonstrated the physical or mental traits of the opposite sex, such aberrations were deemed random or inconsequential.

It’s a tragic little tale, made worse mcihel the good intentions however pompous and condescending of Herculine’s surgeons. Also, the addition of newspaper stories, medical and church records, and other essays rounded out the book beautifully. Please try again later. The documents were fascinating, amazingly detailed, I thought, for such a time and place but those thoughts are no doubt my own prejudices.

Jan 30, Pages. We are experiencing technical difficulties. What simple and pathetic creatures the masses are!

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Curious indeed, and affecting. I am a pediatric Urology nurse. Sep 30, Laurel L.

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Two quotes that caught my eye: 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: I guess that is the question for this century Oh, please may it now be that long!

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Specifically, Butler cites the “institutional injunction to pursue the love of the various ‘sisters’ and ‘mothers’ of the extended convent family and the absolute prohibition against carrying that love too far”.

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. All in all, if this book wasn’t assigned reading, I wo This book was about a French hermaphrodite named Alexina, who later changed his name to Abel.

I find the author of the diaries a tragic and unwitting hero in the long fight for awareness and acceptance by society. A small book that makes one realise how humane babrin often subtle a thinker Foucault was. What a heart wrenching autobiography.