History Department
History Department

Alexander Taft


Ph.D. Student, Early Modern French History, University of Texas at Austin

Alexander Taft

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Interests


Early Modern France, 16th/17th Centuries, History of Sexuality, Sodomy, Legal History, Social History

Biography


Alex explores the quotidian experiences of and relationships to acts of sodomy and other deviant sexual behaviors in early modern France. Inside and outside of the urban ecosystem, non-normative sexual behaviors were common and fit on to a continuum with complete toleration at one end a sentence of death at the other. Alex's exploration of these cases asks questions of what patterns this continuum reveals and what inputs affect them.