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Desire : A History of European Sexuality - Anna Clark

Desire

A History of European Sexuality

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Published: 1st October 2008
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'... the rich range of historical information that Clark weaves into her chapters... makes this ambitious overview of sex in Europe a highly accessible and successful endeavour.' - Times Higher Education Supplement

'Provides a valuable overview of the history of sexuality in Europe since classical antiquity, synthesising as it does a mass of studies of specific regions and periods which have appeared during the last two decades.' Lesley Hall, Wellcome Library, UK

Desire: A History of European Sexuality is a sweeping survey of sexuality in Europe from the Greeks to the present day. It traces two concepts of sexual desire that have competed in European history: desire as dangerous, polluting, and disorderly; and desire as creative, transcendent, even revolutionary. This book follows these changing attitudes toward sexuality through the major turning points of European history.

Written in a lively and engaging style, the book contains many fascinating anecdotes drawing on a rich array of sources including poetry, novels, pornography and film as well as court records, autobiographies and personal letters. While Anna Clark builds on the work of dozens of historians, she also takes a fresh approach and introduces the concepts of twilight moments and sexual economies. Desire integrates the history of heterosexuality with same-sex desire, and focuses on the emotions of love as well as the passions of lust, the politics of sex as well as the personal experiences.


'! the rich range of historical information that Clark weaves into her chapters, from state legislation, court records and details of available contraception or abortion techniques, to personal memoir, jokes and pornography, makes this ambitious overview of sex in Europe a highly accessible and successful endeavour.' -- Times Higher Education Supplement 'Provides a valuable overview of the history of sexuality in Europe since classical antiquity, synthesising as it does a mass of studies of specific regions and periods which have appeared during the last two decades.' -- Lesley Hall, Wellcome Library, UK 'Going where most historians would not dare, Desire collapses boundaries between national histories, focused chronologies, and narrow case studies--synthesizing, reflecting, and ultimately producing a groundbreaking intervention in the history of sexuality. It is a mark of Clark's scholarship that she integrates notoriously difficult theory into an absorbing narrative that will engage academics, undergraduates, and general readers. ... As a modern historian, it is humbling to be confronted with this kind of breadth and forced to rethink conventional assumptions about modernity, desire, and selfhood. Our students will find Desire an invaluable introduction to the field; we should take it as a challenge to think very carefully about the ways we write histories of sexuality and take that field forward.' -- Matt Houlbrook, Magdalen College, Oxford, UK, Victorian Studies 'Clark provides an overview that will [be] eminently useful as a bridge between scholarship and teaching. Her textbook distills much of the work done on the topic to create a valuable introduction to the field.' -- Lisa Z. Sigel, DePaul University, USA, Journal of Social History

List of illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Introduction: sexuality and the problem of western civilizationp. 1
Sex and the city: Greece and Romep. 15
Divine desire in Judaism and early Christianityp. 35
Medieval fantasies of desire, sacred and profanep. 51
From twilight moments to moral panics: the regulation of sex from the thirteenth to the sixteenth centuryp. 66
The age of exploration: sexual contact and culture clash in Spain and colonial Mesoamericap. 86
Enlightening desire: new attitudes toward sexuality in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuriesp. 102
In the Victorian twilight: sex out-of-wedlock, sexual commerce, and same-sex desire, 1750-1870p. 123
Boundaries of the nation, boundaries of the self, 1860-1914p. 142
Managing desire or consuming sex in interwar culturep. 162
Sex and the state in the 1930s: Sweden, the Soviet Union, and Nazi Germanyp. 181
The reconstruction of desire and sexual consumerism in postwar Europep. 198
Notesp. 223
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780415775175
ISBN-10: 0415775175
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 286
Published: 1st October 2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1