Never Say I: Sexuality and the First Person in Colette, Gide, and Proust (Series Q)
Michael LuceyISBN: 0822338971;
Never Say I reveals the centrality of representations of sexuality, and particularly same-sex sexual relations, to the evolution of literary prose forms in twentieth-century France. Rethinking the social and literary innovation of literary works by Marcel Proust, AndrA?A© Gide, and Colette, Michael Lucey considers these writers’ production of a first-person voice in which matters related to same-sex sexuality could be spoken of. He shows how their writings and careers took on political and social import in part through the contribution they made to the representation of social groups that were only slowly coming to be publicly recognized. Proust, Gide, and Colette helped createA?A?A”and also sometimes themselves embodied and enactedA?A?A”persons and characters, points of view, and narrative practices from which to speak and write about people attracted to those of the same sex, or for them, or as them. Considering novels along with journalism,...