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Author Verhoeven, Timothy,
Title Sexual Crime, Religion and Masculinity in fin-de-siecle France : the Flamidien Affair / Timothy Verhoeven.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]

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Author Verhoeven, Timothy,
Series Palgrave pivot
Palgrave pivot.
Subject Child sexual abuse by teachers -- France -- History -- 19th century.
Child sexual abuse -- France -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church.
Religion and politics -- France -- History -- 19th century.
Description 1 online resource.
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "This book explores a vital though long-neglected clash between republicans and Catholics that rocked fin-de-siecle France. At its heart was a mysterious and shocking crime. In Lille in 1899, the body of twelve-year-old Gaston Foveaux was discovered in a school run by a Catholic congregation, the Freres des Ecoles Chretiennes. When his teacher, Frere Flamidien, was charged with sexual assault and murder, a local crime became a national scandal. The Flamidien Affair shows that masculinity was a critical site of contest in the War of Two Frances pitting republicans against Catholics. For republicans, Flamidien’s vow of chastity as well as his overwrought behaviour during the investigation made him the target of suspicion; Catholics in turn constructed a rival vision of masculinity to exonerate the accused brother. Both sides drew on the Dreyfus Affair to make their case. "-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Intro; Series Editors' Preface; Acknowledgements; Contents; List of Figures; Chapter 1 Introduction; Abstract; The War of Two Frances; Religion, Masculinity and the Feminisation Thesis; Chapter 2 Gaston Foveaux: Lille and the War of Two Frances; Abstract; The Falloux Law and Catholic Teaching Congregations; Attacking the Teaching Congregations; The North and the Parti Catholique; The Rise of the Socialist Movement; Chapter 3 Charles Delale: Republicans, Celibacy and the Performance of Masculinity; Abstract; Republican Masculinity and Ecclesiastical Celibacy; The Confrontation
Performing MasculinityFurther Evidence; Chapter 4 Dr. Castiaux: Legal Medicine, Pederasty and Effeminacy at the Fin de Siecle; Abstract; Medical Theories of Sexual Inversion; Chastity, Spermatorrhea and Satyriasis; Assembling a Case Against Flamidien; Chapter 5 Cyr: Catholic Masculinity and the Defence of Frere Flamidien; Abstract; Catholicism, Honour and Aggression; Defending Ecclesiastical Celibacy; A Catholic Vision of True Masculinity; The Judicial Defence of Frere Flamidien; Chapter 6 Les Flamidiens/Les Dreyfus: The School Question and Collective Guilt; Abstract
Sexual Crime and the School WarsCollective Guilt and the Dreyfus Affair; The Decision; Chapter 7 Emile Zola: "Verite" and the Aftermath of the Affair; Abstract; Emile Zola's Solution to the Crime at Lille; The Assault on Congregational Schools; Conclusion; Short Bibliography; Index
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed March 6, 2018).
ISBN 9783319744797 (electronic bk.)
3319744798 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 1027218418

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