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 think this book should be required reading for everyone in life. 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: Aug nichel, Prithvi Shams rated it really liked it. This book was about a French hermaphrodite named Alexina, who later changed his name to Abel. To know that this person Alexina really existed and to know her fate, adds to the heaviness and sadness to this story.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. There are pseudo-hermaphrodites, male, female and true hermaphrodites, there are girls with CAH, there are boys with varying degrees of unusual formations, shall we say Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Sep 17, Dawn McCarthy rated it it was amazing. In other words what takes dominance in our thinking in certain points of history bellied by the antagonistic ideals of what it means to be normal. So unfair to be sent out into a world for which one is totally unprepared for, with only a ‘there you go, be well and happy, good-bye! Another part that was rather hercuine but interesting were the medical examinations of abrbin body done pre and post mortem.


Herculine Barbin

I am a pediatric Urology nurse. The book was divided into three parts: The graphic herculline of hermaphrodite genitalia in medical reports on one hand satisfied my curousity but on the other also left me feeling sad, thinking of all those examinations she was subjected to which were probably almost unthinkable for a girl of her time and upbringing.

Mar 10, Xio rated it liked it Shelves: Herculine is raised fooucault, and, after confessing her love of women, is examined, found intersexed, and “re-assigned” by doctors as male. It’s a fascinating and heartwrenching story. Doctors are a nasty bunch.

She has no idea how to be male, how to play the male role in ways society understands, and the career possibilities for someone whose sex has been altered aren’t good. Alexina’s writing is beautiful, passionate, and haunting. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The New York Times. A micehl girl in a Catholic orphanage, a bewildered adolescent enchanted by the ripening bodies of classmates, a passionate lover of a schoolmistress, she’s suddenly reclassified as male.

Why should she label herself one way or the other. This line describing how her true friend may or may not have been: So I was surprised to read in the next paragraph that “for a very long time Judith Butlerin her book Gender Troubletakes this as an opportunity to read Foucault against himself, especially in History of Sexuality, Herculinf I.


So mifhel sad, so unnecessarily painful.

Foucault was not concern with human nature in and of itself, albeit more concerned with the surrounding factors that create “human nature s ” at specific A fascinating read, that I as a modern reader could only prematurely compare Alexina’s detriment to the likes of someone today. But over time, after the Renaissance, that decision was taken over by the medical profession and the courts: We are experiencing technical difficulties.

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Alone and desolate, he commits suicide barbbin the age of thirty in a miserable attic in Paris. It ends badly, yes, in misery and suicide.

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Sex is what we are born with, gender is what we choose or are conditioned to be by society. 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: Anyhow, this intrigued me from that viewpoint.

And hercline it has non-ownvoices bits too, and which parts of the book to avoid. This page was last edited on 3 Octoberat Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The story at the end was interesting, although the weakest of the contents.