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From Sappho to De Sade (Routledge Revivals)

Moments in the History of Sexuality, 1st Edition

Edited by Jan N. Bremmer


230 pages

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The history of sexuality has been the subject of increased interest in recent years and more widely acknowledged importance in the interpretation of past mentalités. Yet historians have only recently begun to study sexual practices in any depth, establishing that sexuality is not a biological constant but an ever-changing phenomenon, continuously shaped by people themselves.

The contributors to this inter-disciplinary collection bring their expertise in ancient as well as medieval history, anthropology, modern history, and psychology to bear upon the history of sexuality. They explore various aspects of sexuality in successive periods: pederasty and lesbian love in antiquity, incest in the Middle Ages, sexual education during the Dutch Republic, voyeurism in the rococo, prostitution in Vienna around 1900, and the invention of sexology.

From Sappho to De Sade, first published in 1989, offers an informative and entertaining collection of essays for students of cultural anthropology, social history and gender studies.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface 1. Greek Pederasty and Modern Homosexuality Jan Bremmer 2. Lesbian Sappho and Sappho of Lesbos André Lardinois 3. To the Limits of Kinship: Anti-Incest Legislation in the Early Medieval West (500-900) Mayke de Jong 4. A Bridle for Lust: Representations of Sexual Morality in Dutch Children’s Portraits of the Seventeenth Century Jan Baptist Bedaux 5. The Woman on a Swing and the Sensuous Voyeur: Passion and Voyeurism in French Rococo Mirjam Westen 6. Venus Minsieke Gasthius: Sexual Beliefs in Eighteenth-Century Holland Herman Roodenburg 7. De Sade, A Pessimistic Libertine Arnold Heumakers 8. Sexual Morality and the Meaning of Prostitution in Fin-De-Siècle Vienna Karin J. Jušek 9. Mannish Women of the Balkan Mountains René Grémaux 10. A History of Sexuality: Social and Historical Aspects of Sexuality Gert Hekma; Notes on contributors; Select bibliography; Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Essays
HISTORY / Social History
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural