Style Wars: The Uniform and the Polymorphous in Émile Zola’s La Débâcle

Nicholas White
This article will focus on the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, using Émile Zola’s fiction to bring into view questions of gender difference and identification which will nuance the models of homosociability and homoeroticism developed in the cultural analyses of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Sharon Marcus, the latter providing a perhaps surprising route for future analyses not only of literary texts on war, but also of the iconography of the uniform. In this vein, we hope...
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