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Women, Citizenship, and SexualityThe Transnational Lives of Renée Vivien, Romaine Brooks, and Natalie Barney$
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Melanie C. Hawthorne

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789628128

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789628128.001.0001

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Natalie Barney’s Missed Marriages

Natalie Barney’s Missed Marriages

(p.107) Chapter 4 Natalie Barney’s Missed Marriages
Women, Citizenship, and Sexuality

Melanie C. Hawthorne

Liverpool University Press

Although a coeval of Romaine Brooks, Natalie Barney (1876-1972) managed to steer a happier middle course in which she openly embraced a lesbian identity while avoiding (for the most part) questions of national belonging. The celebrated hostess of an international salon in interwar Paris, Barney retained more autonomy by remaining unmarried and nationally unattached. She flirted with marriage proposals, others claimed she was married, and she indeed once signed a marriage contract with another woman (though a legally unenforcable one), but she remained unattached, a status reflected in her transnational situation as an American citizen living as a denizen of Paris.

Keywords:   Natalie Barney, Amazons, Gay marriage, Denizens

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