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My father and I : the Marais and the queerness of community

Author: David Caron
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Mixing personal memoir, urban studies, cultural history, and literary criticism, as well as a generous selection of photographs, My Father and I focuses on the Marais, the oldest surviving neighborhood of Paris. It also beautifully reveals the intricacies of the relationship between a Jewish father and a gay son, each claiming the same neighborhood as his own. Beginning with the history of the Marais and its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Joseph Gottlieb; David Caron; David Caron; Joseph Gottlieb; Joseph Gottlieb
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Caron
ISBN: 9780801447730 0801447739 1653508604 9781653508600
OCLC Number: 263065358
Description: x, 267 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue : my father and I --
The old neighborhood --
A queer ghetto --
Things past --
Disaster, failure, and alienation --
The queerness of group friendship --
Epilogue : my father and I.
Other Titles: My father & I
Responsibility: David Caron.

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Beginning with the history of the Marais and his personal connection to the district, David Caron proposes a rethinking of community and looks at how Jews, Chinese immigrants, and gays have made the  Read more...

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