2nd Edition

By Joseph Bristow

Series Editor: John Drakakis

© 2010 – Routledge

252 pages

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About the Book

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

About the Author/Editor

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.

About the Series

The New Critical Idiom

The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:

  • A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
  • Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation

With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.

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