Daring to speak love’s name. Collaborative strategies of queer intellectuals in Belgium, France and the Netherlands between 1885 and 1910.

Project Details


This project aims to contribute to queer literary history by analysing
transnational collaborative strategies of queer intellectuals in France,
Belgium and the Netherlands between 1885 and 1910. My
hypothesis is that writers such as André Gide, Georges Eekhoud and
Jacob Israël De Haan used different collaborative strategies in order
to influence attitudes towards queer love. Whereas prior research
has mainly focused on the role of scientific theories in changing
perceptions of queer love in the fin de siècle, this project aims to shift
the focus to the collaborative strategies of five queer intellectuals that
attempted to change public discourse through their literary and
cultural writings. It aims to (1) study their collaborations (e.g. joint
publications, journal contributions and private associations) and map
the networks of queer intellectuals through archival research on ego
documents such as diaries and correspondence; and (2) assess the
role of these writers in attempting to influence public discourse on
same-sex love by carrying out an in-depth study of their published
literary works and periodical articles. By asking which collaborative
strategies the selected literary authors adopted and with whom, this
project will re-contextualise well-known queer authors and bring to
light forgotten gay activists in Europe. It will show how structural
literary collaboration was a game-changer in the struggle for equal
rights for same-sex love at the turn of the 20th century
Effective start/end date1/10/2230/09/25


  • ego-documenten
  • Literary networks
  • queer authors

Flemish discipline codes in use since 2023

  • Queer studies
  • Biography
  • Literatures in French
  • Early modern literature
  • Sociology of literary texts


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