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Sexual Crime, Religion and Masculinity in fin-de-siecle France

The Flamidien Affair


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Sexual Crime, Religion and Masculinity in fin-de-siecle France by Timothy Verhoeven

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This book explores a vital though long-neglected clash between republicans and Catholics that rocked fin-de-siecle France. At its heart was a mysterious and shocking crime. In Lille in 1899, the body of twelve-year-old Gaston Foveaux was discovered in a school run by a Catholic congregation, the Freres des Ecoles Chretiennes. When his teacher, Frere Flamidien, was charged with sexual assault and murder, a local crime became a national scandal. The Flamidien Affair shows that masculinity was a critical site of contest in the War of Two Frances pitting republicans against Catholics. For republicans, Flamidien's vow of chastity as well as his overwrought behaviour during the investigation made him the target of suspicion; Catholics in turn constructed a rival vision of masculinity to exonerate the accused brother. Both sides drew on the Dreyfus Affair to make their case.

Author Biography

Timothy Verhoeven is Senior Lecturer in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University, Australia. He is the author of Transnational anti-Catholicism: France and the United States in the Nineteenth Century (2010) as well as a series of articles on the history of Catholicism, anticlericalism and masculinity.
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February 2nd, 2019
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Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018
10 Tables, color; 7 Illustrations, black and white; XI, 122 p. 7 illus.
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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