The Gentrification of Paris, 1850s Style
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Published in: March-April 2020 issue.




THE CENTRAL THESIS of Public City/Public Sex is an interesting and original one. Andrew Israel Ross argues that the attention to and interdiction of men seeking sex with other men in 19th-century Paris (which previous scholars have noted and investigated) were part of a larger effort by French authorities to open up and sanitize the capital. They were also an attempt to deal with some of the unexpected consequences of that modernization.

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Richard M. Berrong, professor of French literature at Kent State University, is the author of Pierre Loti(Critical Lives, 2018).