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The MaraisThe Story of a Quartier$
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Keith Reader

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621044

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621044.001.0001

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‘A different kind of ghetto’

‘A different kind of ghetto’

The gay Marais comes to dominate its Jewish predecessor

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(p.145) Chapter Six ‘A different kind of ghetto’
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The Marais
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Keith Reader

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789621044.003.0007

Today’s Marais is perhaps best known as the gay hub of Paris, though this is a comparatively recent phenomenon; the first gay bar opened in 1978. Jewish texts, notably by Jacques Lanzmann, do figure in this chapter, along with a couple of minor works set in the Marais which allude to it as neither a Jewish nor a gay quartier, but the stress is predominantly on the neighbourhood’s now all-but-universal reputation as the centre of today’s ‘gay Paris.’ The extravagantly hedonistic autofictions of Guillaume Dustan and the graphic novels Le Mariage de Roberto and Bienvenue dans la Marais offer a highly-seasoned view of the area, replete with nostalgie de la boue, while literary and cinematic evocations (not invariably gay-focused) likewise figure.

Keywords:   LGBT studies, Jewish studies, Graphic novels, Gentrification

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