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ABSTRACT. In 1911 Gide dare a bet of a treaty – Corydon – which aims at fighting over a lie, in which he reassesses Pascal famous phrase: “All tastes are in nature.” A key quote within a period of time, and while Gide risks to put literary genre at service over a reflection on the sexual kind, when Oscar Wilde faces trial involving his homosexual inclination. Having discovered from his infancy he was “not like the others” Gide took the opportunity to use his artistic talent to give voice to that difference. The gender theory that developed a few decades after the death of Gide traces some of its roots in the aesthetic work of Gide where the homosexual has a very important place. Today, more than ever, Gide writing in all its richness, and in all its forms, appears as an ode to the difference, a place where to say is to mean. The author calls for openness of the reader, who must be over an ideology working on respect and the right to difference. The author’s work is far from being vain, when we look at the evolution of thought on the issue of homosexuality. Therefore one should look at the past works to understand the gender discourse and measure the extent of social and cultural progress in our Western society advances for which we can thank the author and his bet to achieve a true literature of ideas. pp. 76–84

Keywords: gender; homosexuality; André Gide; society; difference

How to cite: Legrand, Justine (2013), “Genre intime et genre sexuel dans l’œuvre gidienne,” Journal of Research in Gender Studies 3(2): 76–84.

JUSTINE LEGRAND
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Université Paris-Sorbonne, France

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