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The History of Sexuality in Europe

A Sourcebook and Reader, 1st Edition

Edited by Anna Clark


372 pages

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Paperback: 9780415781404
pub: 2010-12-14
Hardback: 9780415781398
pub: 2010-12-14

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The History of Sexuality in Europe: A Sourcebook and Reader is a dynamic introduction to the latest debates in the history of Sexuality in Europe. It begins with an introduction, "The Magnetic Poetry Kit of Sex," that surveys the field of sexuality and introduces the new concept of sexual grammar. The Reader focuses on the modern age, but has three chapters on the ancient and medieval world to demonstrate their very different cultures of sexuality.

Each section of the Reader pairs the latest chapters and articles by experts with primary sources, addressing questions such as:

  • Why did ancient Greek philosophers and medieval Islamic poets celebrate men’s desire for each other?
  • Was Jesus a queer eunuch?
  • Were Victorians sexually repressed?
  • How did nonwestern cultures change some Europeans’ ideas about sex?
  • Does regulating prostitution protect or punish women who sell sex?
  • How did sexologists learn from feminists, and men and women who desired those of the same sex?
  • Were 60s feminists pro or anti sex?

An essential collection for all students of the history of sexuality.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Magnetic Poetry Kit of Sex Part One: Did the ancient Greeks accept love, desire and relationships between men? Introduction 1. Guilia Sissa, Sex and Sensuality in the Ancient World 2. "Against Timarchus." From Aeschines Part Two: Was Jesus a queer eunuch? Introduction 3. Putting Jesus in His Place: A Radical Vision of Household and Kingdom Halvor Moxnes 4. Jesus on SexualityPart Three: Did the medieval and early modern Islamic world accept men who had sex with male youths? Introduction 5. Before Homosexuality in the Arab-Islamic World, 1500-1800 Khaled El-Rouayheb 6. A Book Containing the Risala Known as the Dove's Neck-Ring About Love and Lovers Abu Muhammad Ali Ibn Hazm Al-Andalusi Part Four: Are sexual morality and sexual prohibitions universal, or should they vary by culture? Introduction 7. An Ethics of Cultural Exchange: Diderot's 'Supplement Au Voyage De Bougainville' Claudia Moscovici 8. Diderot, Supplement to the Voyage of Bougainville Part Five: Were Victorians sexually repressed? Introduction 9. The Long Sexual Revolution: English Women, Sex, and Contraception 1800-1975 Hera Cook 10. Aristotle’s Masterpiece 11. Handbook of Dr. Kahn’s Museum Part Six: Was women’s desire for each other compatible with Victorian marriage? Introduction 12. Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England Sharon Marcus 13. I know My Own Heart Anne Lister Part Seven: How were definitions of prostitution influenced by race, and were experts able to control prostitution? Introduction 14. Prostitution, Race and Politics: Venereal Disease and the British Empire Phillipa Levine 15. An Enquiry into the Causes of the Great Sanitary Failure of the State Regulation of Social Vice Joseph Edmondson Part Eight: Did sexologists impose definitions of homosexuality on men and women who desired those of the same sex? Introduction 16. Stepchildren of Nature: Krafft-Ebing, Psychiatry, and the Making of Sexual Identity Harry Oosterhuis 17. Psychopathia Sexualis Richard Krafft-Ebing Part Nine: The problem of heterosexuality. Could men and women find happiness together? Introduction 18. 'A Dark, Impenetrable Wall of Complete Incomprehension': The Impossibility of Heterosexual Love in Imperial Germany Edward Ross Dickinson 19. The Sexual Crisis; a Critique of Our Sex Life Grete Meisel-Hess Part Ten: Did Europeans impose foreign sexual mores on Africans, or were they trying to protect women? Introduction 20. Jomo Kenyatta, Marie Bonaparte and Bronislaw Malinowski on Clitoridectomy and Female Sexuality Bodil Folke Frederiksen 21. Facing Mount Kenya Jomo Kenyatta 22. Duchess of Atholl and Eleanor Rathbone’s speech Part Eleven: The politics of birth control and abortion Introduction 22. Cultures of Abortion in Weimar Cornelia Osborne 23. Abortion and Sterilization in Denmark Dr. J. Leunbach Part Twelve: Were 60s feminists pro or anti sex? Introduction 24. The Redstocking Movement: Sex, Love, and Politics in 1968 Lynn Walter 26. I Accuse! Mette Ejlersen Part Thirteen: Does regulating prostitution protect or punish women who sell sex? Introduction 27. Through the Prism of Prostitution: Conceptions of Women and Sexuality in Sweden at Two Fins-De-Siècle Yvonne Svanström 28. Temporarily Yours: Intimacy, Authenticity, and the Commerce of Sex Elizabeth Bernstein

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Social History