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Bisexuality : A Critical Reader - Merl Storr


A Critical Reader

By: Merl Storr (Editor)

Paperback Published: 25th March 1999
ISBN: 9780415166607
Number Of Pages: 256

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"Bisexuality: A Critical Reader" brings together for the first time in one volume some of the most important and influential writings on bisexuality of the last 100 years. The pieces in this unique collection explore this slippery and often controversial concept from a range of perspectives, placing it in its historical and cultural contexts and interrogating its many meanings and uses.
The reader is divided into four sections:
*"Genealogy of the Concept of Bisexuality" traces the ancestry of the concept and the ways in which its meanings have changed since the 1890s
*"Bisexual Identities and Bisexual Behaviors" samples some of the most important international research from the 1970s to the 1990s, discussing what it means to call oneself--or not to call oneself--"bisexual."
*"Bisexual Epistemologies" examines recent arguments that bisexuality is a revolutionary concept with a dangerous potential to subvert old ways of thinking about gender and sexuality
*"Differences" explores the inner dynamics of bisexuality and its possible futures in cyberspace.
Truly unique and invaluable, "The Bisexuality Reader" adds a critical voice in the study of sexuality.

Industry Reviews

"One of the greatest successes of this book is to convince the reader that the meaning of the term [bisexuality] is decidedly not self-evident... Those who are curious and want to know about bisexuality without the triple X content will get a thorough and satisfying introduction. Students, scholars or anyone with an interest will also find the book is a source for further research... For the humanist or anyone interested in promoting a world that is accepting of plurality, reading this book is worth the effort." -R. Dorling Rouse, "Humanist in Canada, Summer 2001 ..."Merl Storr has combined theoretical and empirical writings on bisexuality from a variety of disciplines, resulting in an excellent source for examining not only the subject of bisexuality, but also the research itself.." -Jessica Nathanson, University of Buffalo, August-December 2000 ..."the collection is a worthwhile one, and would be quite useful for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses.." -Jessica Nathanson, University of Buffalo, August-December 2000

Figures A Note on the Text Editor's
Genealogy of the Concept of Bisexuality
Henry Havelock Ellis, Extracts from Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume I: Sexual Inversion (1897) and from Studies in the Psychology of Sex Volume II: Sexual Inversion (1915)
Sigmund Freud Extract from Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality
The Sexual Aberrations (1905)
Wilhelm Stekel Extracts from Bi-Sexual Love (1920)
Alfred C. Kinsey, Wardell B. Pomeroy and Clyde E. Martin Extracts from Sexual Behaviour in the Human Male (1948)
Fritz Klein Extracts from The Bisexual Option: a Concept of One Hundred Percent Intimacy (1978)
Amanda Udis-Kessler Notes on the Kinsey Scale and Other Measures of Sexuality (1992)
Bisexual Identity and Bisexual Behaviour
Philip W.Blumstein and Pepper Schwartz Bisexuality: Some Social Psychological Issues (1977)
J.M. Carrier Mexican Male Bisexuality (1985)
Wiresit Sittitrai, Tim Brown and Sirapone Virulrak Extracts from Patterns of Bisexuality in Thailand (1991)
Sue George Extracts from Women and Bisexuality (1993)
Jan Clausen Extract from My Interesting Condition (1990)
Marina Valverde Extract from Sex, Power and Pleasure (1985)
Bisexual Epistemologies
Jo Eadie Extracts from Activating Bisexuality: Towards a Bisexual Politics (1993)
Marjorie Garber Extracts from Vice Versa: Bisexuality and the Eroticism of Everyday Life (1995)
Maria Pramaggiore Extracts from Epistemologies of the Fence (1996)
Yasmin Prabhudas Bisexuals and People of Mixed-Race: Arbiters of Change (1996)
Elizabeth D. Daumer Extract from Queer Ethics: or the Challenge of Bisexuality to Lesbian Ethics (1992)
Gilbert H. Herdt Extract from A Comment on Cultural Attributes and Fluidity of Bisexuality (1984)
Amber Ault Ambiguous Identity in an Unambiguous Sex/Gender Structure: the Case of Bisexual Women (1996)
Helene Cixous Extract from The Laugh of Medusa (1975)
Clare Hemmings Extract from Locating Bisexual Identities: Discourses of Bisexuality and Contemporary Feminist Theory (1995)
Anne Kaloski Extracts from Bisexuals Making Out with Cyborgs: Politics, Pleasure, Confusion (1997)
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ISBN: 9780415166607
ISBN-10: 0415166608
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 25th March 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1

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