New Sources and Questions for Research on Sexual Relations between Men in Eighteenth‐Century FranceJEFFREY MERRICKThe French historian Michel Rey explored patterns and changes in the sodomitical subculture of eighteenth‐century Paris in a series of articles published in the 1980s and 1990s and based largely on one series of police records from the period 1715–50. Other sources, some known and others unknown to Rey, have been analysed or located since the 1990s, so it is time to review and revise his conclusions. These sources require us to revisit his questions about demographics and mentalities, identity and community, surveillance and repression, and consider other questions about same‐sex relations in the context of the Ancien Régime. This article outlines an agenda for the next round of research in the Archives of the Bastille in the Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal and several series of police and ministry records in the Archives Nationales, which will take more than a few years to complete. It discusses the variety of documents to be digested, presents some sample sources and early findings, and suggests avenues for further inquiry, with the objective of pursuing, expanding and refining the work of the pioneering historian of this subject and connecting the
Gender & History – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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