2nd Edition


ISBN 9780415299299
Published January 10, 2011 by Routledge
252 Pages

USD $29.95

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Book Description

Theories of sexuality and desire are commonly used in literary and cultural studies. In this illuminating study Joseph Bristow introduces readers to the fundamental critical debates surrounding the topic. This fully updated second edition includes:

  • a historical account of sexuality from the Victorians to the present
  • discussions of the most influential theorists including Freud, Lacan, Bataille, Baudrillard, Cixous, Deleuze, Irigaray and Kristeva
  • a new and extended discussion of queer and transgender theory, race, ethnicity and desire
  • a new preface summarising changes in the field since the first edition
  • a new glossary, annotated further reading section and bibliography.

Considering all of the major movements in the field, this new edition is the ideal guide for students of literary and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

Preface to Second Edition  Preface and Acknowledgements to the First Edition  Introduction  1. Sexological Types  Sexual Classifications  Feminist Contentions  Consuming Passions  2. Psychoanalytical Drives  Freud’s Complexes  Lacan’s Orders  Feminist Interventions  3. Libidinal Economies  (De)generating Pleasures  Pornographic Materials  4. Discursive Desires  Foucault’s Bodies  Foucault’s Exclusions  Foucault’s Followers  5. Diverse Eroticisms  Queer (Non)Identities  Global Sexualities  Glossary  Further Reading  Bibliography  Index  Further Reading  Works Cited

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Joseph Bristow is Professor in the Department of English in UCLA. His recent books include The Fin-de-Siècle Poem: English Literary Culture and the 1890s (2005) and Oscar Wilde and Modern Culture: the Making of a Legend (2009). He is the editor of the various edition of Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (2005), as well as editor of the Journal of Victorian Culture.