1st Edition

The Routledge History of American Sexuality

Edited By Kevin Murphy, Jason Ruiz, David Serlin Copyright 2020
    474 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    474 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge History of American Sexuality brings together contributions from leading scholars in history and related fields to provide a far-reaching but concrete history of sexuality in the United States.

    This interdisciplinary group of authors explores a wide variety of case studies and concepts to provide an innovative approach to the history of sexual practices and identities over several centuries. Each chapter interrogates a provocative word or concept to reflect on the complex ideas, debates, and differences of historical and cultural opinions surrounding it. Authors challenge readers to look beyond contemporary identity-based movements in order to excavate the deeper histories of how people have sought sexual pleasure, power, and freedom in the Americas.

    This book is an invaluable resource for students or scholars seeking to grasp current research on the history of sexuality and is a seminal text for undergraduate and graduate courses on American History, Sexuality Studies, Women’s Studies, Gender Studies, or LGBTQ Studies.

    List of Figures


    Introduction by Jason Ruiz and Kevin P. Murphy

    1. "Abstinence" by Benjamin Kahan.

    2. "Adolescence" by Angel Daniel Matos.

    3. "Age" by Nicholas L. Syrett.

    4. "Animals" by Gabriel Rosenberg.

    5. "Archives" by Jamie A. Lee.

    6. "Asexuality" by KJ Cerankowski.

    7. "Borders" by Kris Klein Hernández.

    8. "Capitalism" by Kwame Holmes.

    9. "Celebrity" by Matthew Tinkcom.

    10. "Cities" by Julio Capó, Jr.

    11. "Citizenship" by Siobhan B. Somerville.

    12. "Class" by Aaron Lecklider.

    13. "Consent" by Joseph J. Fischel.

    14. "Contraception" by Natalie Lira

    15. "Disability" by Karisa Butler-Wall.

    16. "Domesticy" by Stephen Vider.

    17. "Empire" by Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez.

    18. "Hygiene" by Rebecca M. Herzig.

    19. "Incarceration" by Regina Kunzel.

    20. "Marriage" by Pamela Butler.

    21. "Movements" by Emily K. Hobson.

    22. "Obscenity" by Whitney Strub.

    23. "Performance" by Sandra Ruiz.

    24. "Play" by Elliot H. Powell.

    25. "Polygamy" by K. Mohrman.

    26. "Race" by Dan Royles.

    27. "Religion" by Anhony M. Petro.

    28. "Revolution" by Claire A. Lyons.

    29. "Romance" by Karen Dunak.

    30. "Science" by Melissa N. Stein.

    31. "Slavery" by Kelly A. Ryan.

    32. "Sodomy" by Zeb Tortorici.

    33. "Trafficking" by Elizabeth Bernstein.

    34. "Violence" by Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández.

    35. "Work" by Ryan Patrick Murphy.



    Kevin P. Murphy is Northrop Professor of History and Affiliate Professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, USA. He is the author of Political Manhood: Red Bloods, Mollycoddles, and the Politics of Progressive Era Reform (2008).

    Jason Ruiz is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA. He is the author of Americans in the Treasure House: Travel to Porfirian Mexico and the Cultural Politics of Empire (2014).

    David Serlin is Associate Professor of Communication and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego, USA. He is the author or editor of numerous books including Replaceable You: Engineering the Body in Postwar America (2004).