Joseph Confavreux

Journaliste à France Culture entre 2000 et 2011, il a rejoint Mediapart en mai 2011. Joseph Confavreux est membre du comité de rédaction de la revue Vacarme, a codirigé le livre La France invisible (La Découverte, 2006) et a publié deux autres ouvrages, Egypte :histoire, société, culture (La Découverte, 2009), et Passés à l'ennemi, des rangs de l'armée française aux maquis Viet-Minh (Tallandier, 2014). Il est aussi co-rédacteur en chef de la Revue du Crieur.

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  • Why defining virility can be a hairy task


    The definition of what constitutes virility has evolved through the centuries. "Virility is not synonymous with masculinity and it is not defined only in opposition to femininity," says French historian Alain Corbin, one of the authors of a work of three volumes just published in France entitled The History of Virility, a unique, encyclopedia-like series totalling 1,500 pages. Here, he and four other contributors to this monumental study decipher for Mediapart, through nine images spanning 26 centuries, the many faces of the virile male.

  • The worldwide treasure hunt behind the stunning Stein collection on show in Paris

     © Succession H. Matisse /SFMOMA. © Succession H. Matisse /SFMOMA.
    The Grand Palais in Paris is hosting an exceptional exhibition of major modern artworks from the widely scattered collection of the celebrated Stein family of art patrons who settled in the French capital from the US in the early 20th century. The stunning show of works by Renoir, Cézanne, Picasso, Matisse (photo), Manguin and Bonnard - to name but a few - is the fruit of five years of dogged detective work by specialists in France and from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Joseph Confavreux talks to the team behind this unprecedented worldwide treasure hunt.
  • Literature in the digital world 'a copy-paste from the past'

    Should literary plagiarism still be an issue, let alone a scandal, in our digital day and age? Back in Shakespeare's day, before the cult of individual genius and the fetishized book, authorship was a loose and often collective concept. The parallels between the literary conventions of the pre-Romantic past and writing online, ‘after the book', in an age of cut-and-paste, are the subject of two books just published in France, one by professor Roger Chartier and the other by writer François Bon, and which are set to cause a heated debate. Joseph Confavreux examines the arguments for what could be the new paradigm for the 21st-centry digital author, or which might just be much ado about nothing.
  • How long-lost Spinoza manuscript was found hidden in Vatican

    The Apostolic Vatican Library may be far from having revealed all its secrets, but two intrepid scholars have recently made an astounding find there; that of the long-lost and secretly hidden manuscript of the Ethics, the magnum opus of 17th-century Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza (pictured), considered to be one of the most important works of one of the most significant figures in Western philosophy. Joseph Canfavreux reports.
  • The social facts and sexual fantasies that made the French maid 'la soubrette'

    Yva Richard, vers 1930. Yva Richard, vers 1930.

    La soubrette is an evocative term for French maids rooted in 19th-century French bourgeois culture whereby female domestics were also, both in fantasy and reality, a wealthy household's sexual servant. Camille Favre, an expert in 19th- and 20th- century erotic literature in France, tells Joseph Confavreux how the soubrette became a figure of eroticism and pornography, and the social practices that lay behind the image.

  • Sexual harassment and the 'before and after DSK' effect on France


    During an appearance before New York's Supreme Court on Monday, former IMF chief and French presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn entered a plea of ‘not guilty' to charges that he sexually assaulted and attempted to rape a maid at a Manhattan hotel. Whatever the outcome of the case, for which Strauss-Kahn is next due in court on July 18th, it has already sparked a passionate national debate in France over what many see as a compliant culture towards the abusive behaviour of men in power. Here, Joseph Confavreux interviews one of France's leading specialists in moral and sexual harassment, the US-trained psychiatrist Marie-France Hirigoyen (photo), who explains why she believes there will be "a before and an after DSK" effect on French public attitudes to a problem until now taboo.