Contemporary French Civilization

Dis/locating dominion: Being at Home with Claude and re-membering a queer Montreal

Contemporary French Civilization (2012), 37, (2-3), 159–175.

Abstract

This article proposes to excavate layers of queer constellations around the Montreal of René-Daniel Dubois's 1985 stage-play Being at Home with Claude and its 1992 cinematic adaption by Jean Beaudin. Presenting a city, which, at its heart, is populated and marked by men having homosex, this analysis uncovers possibilities for a queered urban space and national identity. Revealing a queer Montreal that is an intersection of (re)appropriated public spaces and acts of homosex, we recall its queers who reject authoritative postures and discourses that would have them erased from narratives of dominance and place.

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Batson, Charles