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John O'Neal
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O'Neal Makes Connection Between Rousseau and Queer Studies in Los Angeles Paper

Posted September 4, 2009
Tags French John O'Neal
The biennial meeting of the Rousseau Association, held this year in Los Angeles, June 25-28, had as its theme "Rousseau's Legacies." In his paper for this conference, "Saint-Preux Becomes a Woman: Gender-Bending in Rousseau’s La Nouvelle Héloïse" Professor of French John C. O'Neal argues against the depiction of Rousseau as a misogynist by illustrating the profoundly transgendered qualities of the male protagonist in Rousseau's best-selling novel. 

The paper is part of a chapter O'Neal is currently writing on gender confusion for his forthcoming book The Progressive Poetics of Confusion in the French Enlightenment.

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