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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

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

Keith Reader

Liverpool University Press

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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