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Être Pédé et Pauvre: En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule’s Exploration of Poverty and Gay Performativity

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When discussing gay literature in the French, contemporary sphere, one of the most up<br/>and coming and prominent authors is Édouard Louis. His works’ focus on the realism and<br/>violence of the

When discussing gay literature in the French, contemporary sphere, one of the most up<br/>and coming and prominent authors is Édouard Louis. His works’ focus on the realism and<br/>violence of the working class offers a critical and necessary perspective of the gay experience in<br/>modern-day France. While recent in their creation, Louis’ works follow a connecting thread that<br/>is inseparable from other autofiction novels that have a narrator with same sex attractions such as<br/>Annie Ernaux’s Ce qu’ils disent or rien and Didier Eribon’s Retour à Reims. Often commonly<br/>discussed as French LGBT literature, these autofictional works that extend from Gide to Eribon<br/>to now Louis demonstrate how the proposed societal dualities, limitations, and hierarchies<br/>described by philosophers like Michel Foucault and Judith Butler affect homosexual<br/>performativity. Louis’ first novel En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule, published on January 2, 2014,<br/>offers another illustration of this analysis. It specifically describes the metaphysical<br/>(metaphysical being the relationship between the outer stimuli and internal perspective) effects<br/>and constraints of current poverty on homosexual performativity. By analyzing En finir avec<br/>Eddy Bellegueule through this theoretical framework of power and poverty, this thesis adds a<br/>theoretical and intersectional nuance to the narrative voice that current literature focusing on the<br/>novel’s landscape mentions but does not reflect on. I argue that it is important to attach an<br/>autofictional timeline that is necessary to promote and apply future ontological doctrines to this<br/>genre.

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  • 2021-05