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Sexualities in History : A Reader - Kim M. Phillips

Sexualities in History

A Reader

By: Kim M. Phillips (Editor), Barry Reay (Editor)

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Published: 16th November 2001
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Over the past twenty years, historians have overturned nearly everything we once took for granted about human sexuality. Gender, sexual orientation, "deviance," and even the biology of sex have been unmasked for what they are-historically specific, culturally contested, and above all, unstable constructions.

"Sexualities in History" unites a sprawling body of scholarship into the first multidisciplinary collection of key readings on the history of western sexuality. Bringing together landmark work by Robert Darnton, George Chauncey, John D'Emilio, Estelle Freedman and others, this anthology offers a wide breadth of topics like ancient sexualities, sex and Christianity, the construction of the body, reproduction and marriage, sex in colonial contexts, the impact of AIDS, postmodern sexual transgressions, and the discourse of pornography.

A sustained, insightful exploration of sex as a social, cultural, and historical construct, this is an indispensable resource for students going beyond the surface of human sexuality.

""Sexualities in History's brilliant chapters reveal that assumptions about sex are always provisional though no less consequential or far-reaching for that reason. Looking back in time and across at other cultures, this important volume successfully controverts, hopefully once and for all, the inane notion that sexuality is a narrow site of inquiry." -Jennifer Terry, author of "An American Obsession "Sex is, perhaps, the least interesting aspect of the history of sexuality. As this collection makes clear, sexual behaviors and mentalities are embedded in systems of power and that connection provides the common thread which Barry Reay and Kim Phillips have used to draw together a diverse and suggestive collection of writings." -David Levine, author of "At the Dawn of Modernity "From the Olympian heights of senior scholars on antiquity and the enlightenment to the brilliant interventions of junior scholars on pop culture, from well-known essays on Foucault and pornography to new works on everything from transvestite prostitutes in the 14th century England to gendered identities in cyberspace, "Sexualities in History is rich and catholic enough to seduce both the general reader and the lucky student who is assigned it in a course." -Thomas Laqueur, author of "Making Sex "Phillips and Reay present a splendid collection of essays that moves from antiquity to cyberspace. This is an essential volume for anyone interested in understanding the contexts and complexities of human sexualities." -Jacqueline Murray, co-editor of "Desire and Discipline "Sex is, perhaps, the least interesting aspect of the history of sexuality. As this collection makes clear, sexualbehaviors and mentalities are embedded in systems of power and that connection provides the common thread which Barry Reay and Kim Phillips have used to draw together a diverse and suggestive collection of writings. Sexualities in History provides a marvelous introduction to a subject that is as strangely complex as we are." -David Levine, OISE/University of Toronto

Introductionp. 1
Rethinking Sex
Sexuality and History Revisitedp. 27
Forgetting Foucault: Acts, Identities, and the History of Sexualityp. 42
Sexing the Body
Bodies That Don't Matter: Heterosexuality before Heterosexuality in Gottfried's Tristanp. 71
"Ut cum muliere": A Male Transvestite Prostitute in Fourteenth-Century Londonp. 90
Gender and Generation: Representing Reproduction in Early Modern Englandp. 105
Controlling Sex
Bodies and Minds: Sexuality and Renunciation in Early Christianityp. 129
Family Life and the Regulation of Deviancep. 141
Sexuality in California's Franciscan Missions: Cultural Perceptions and Historical Realitiesp. 166
Redefining Sex
Redefining Sex in Eighteenth-Century Englandp. 185
Sex for Thoughtp. 203
Parasexuality and Glamour: The Victorian Barmaid as Cultural Prototypep. 222
Constructing Sex
Anne Lister's Construction of Lesbian Identityp. 247
Richard von Krafft-Ebing's "Step-Children of Nature" Psychiatry and the Making of Homosexual Identityp. 271
Trade, Wolves, and the Boundaries of Normal Manhoodp. 293
Toward a "Value-Free" Science of Sex: The Kinsey Reportsp. 327
Punishing Sex
Negotiating Sex and Gender in the Attorney General's Commission on Pornographyp. 359
AIDS and the Discursive Construction of Homosexualityp. 375
Regulated Passions: The Invention of Inhibited Sexual Desire and Sexual Addictionp. 386
Hottentot 2000: Jennifer Lopez and Her Buttp. 407
Unsettling Sex
Leatherdyke Boys and Their Daddies: How to Have Sex without Women or Menp. 421
The Game Girls of VNS Matrix: Challenging Gendered Identities in Cyberspacep. 434
Notes on the Contributorsp. 453
Permissions Acknowledgmentsp. 457
Indexp. 461
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ISBN: 9780415929356
ISBN-10: 0415929350
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 468
Published: 16th November 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.13 x 16.0  x 2.52
Weight (kg): 0.63
Edition Number: 1