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Herculine Barbin: risonanze del nome proprio

Piero Ricci


The paper explores the narrative creativity of the proper name in a nonliterary text: Herculine Barbin dite Alexina B, the story of a young hermaphrodite who lived in nineteenth-century in France, researched and edited by Michel Foucault in 1979. After the sex change, Barbin’s name ‘Herculine’, disappears, and (s)he is referred as either Camille or Abel. The refraction between body and names concurs to narrate the story of a person that goes through the mirror of different identities.

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names of hermaphrodite; refraction between body and names.

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