Herculine Barbin: Being the Recently Discovered Memoirs of a Nineteenth-Century French Hermaphrodite. Herculine Barbin, Michel Foucault, Richard McDougall, intro., trans.

Herculine Barbin: Being the Recently Discovered Memoirs of a Nineteenth-Century French Hermaphrodite

Very Good / Very Good. Item #6017
ISBN: 0394508211

New York: Pantheon Books, 1980. Stated First American Edition. Octavo; xvii, 199pp. Illustrated dust jacket with $8.95 price intact; book in silver-stamped patterned cloth-covered boards with beige cloth spine with silver lettering. Jacket very lightly rubbed at bottom corners and tail of spine, but with no chips or tears. Boards are clean and square. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.

Barbin was assigned female at birth in 1838 and raised in a convent, becoming a teacher at a girls' school. After a medical examination at 22, Barbin was found to be intersex and legally reclassified as male, and shortly after quit teaching and moved to Paris, where these memoirs were written. Excerpts of the memoirs were published in the 1870s, and the whole was rediscovered by Foucault, who had the work published in full, along with a "Dossier" including medical reports, contemporary press, and other documents. Babin died of suicide in 1868.

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