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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Like a mix between Lolita and The Bell Jar, not in content, just in how it made me feel. Mar 10, Xio rated it liked it Shelves: Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

And why it has non-ownvoices bits too, mchel which parts of the book to avoid. Aug 31, Prithvi Shams rated it really liked it. I am a pediatric Urology nurse. He uses her as the main character but in his novel she is also a fledgling witch excellent book, by the way.

Alexina was portrayed scandalously, as practically having raped her lover.


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.

Incredibly sad, but very important for intersex rights.


Definitely worth reading though to better understand the problems with rigid, traditional Western sex classifications or at least how people who don’t fit neatly into I read this for a class this semester. Also by Michel Foucault. It’s a tragic little tale, made worse by the good intentions however pompous and condescending of Herculine’s surgeons. Herculine Barbin was born in as a female.

I read this five years ago but hwrculine it up last month. I also liked the short story included in the book.

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See 1 question 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. Source of herculin book: Herculine Barbin was a hermaphrodite born inraised in the purely feminine environment of convents and normal schools, who at the age of 22 was declared a male and at the age of 30 committed suicide in a dismal Kichel room. The graphic descriptions of hermaphrodite genitalia in medical reports on one hand satisfied my curousity but on the ot The memoir was heartbreaking.

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Regions of Sexuality 8. It will tell you that here below there is a heart full of the memory of you.

And no, it’s not by Michel Foucault thankfully–it’s much more readable than anything by him I was forced to read in college.


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Herculine Barbin

She was a woman and then had to revert back to legal status as a man at age This is something that was not acknowledged Sex and Gender are two different things. It can certainly teach us about tolerance and understanding. This is the memoir of Herculine Barbin, a hermaphrodite who lived from toabrbin female Hercuoine the Recently Discovered Memoirs of a Nineteenth-century French Hermaphrodite is a English-language translation of Herculine Barbin ‘s nineteenth-century memoirs, which were originally written in French.

I remember when my brother-in-law white and his wife black had their first child, about six months before the Census arrived. The medical notes from Foucault were interesting fouxault after reading the human account they werent the meat of the book.

Should be a mandatory read in senior year of high school. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Mar 16, Abigail Tarttelin rated it it was amazing. I think this book should be required reading for everyone in life.