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Sexology in Culture. Labelling Bodies and Desires. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 5227299
  • Book
  • October 1998
  • 248 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Sexology in Culture examines the impact of key writings by sexologists on English-speaking culture from the 1880s to the early 1940s. How influential a field was sexology during this period, and how much power did sexologists wield? What was the impact of their work on popular and official attitudes to sex?

In this volume, Lucy Bland and Laura Doan have brought together leading historians of sex, cultural and literary critics, and scholars in gay, lesbian and queer studies, to reassess current debates on sexology in light of its history. Issues addressed include the relation of "sexual science" to the law, government policy, journalism, eugenical programmes, marriage and sex manuals, and literary representation. Other chapters map out new readings of transsexuality and bisexuality, and the centrality of race within sexological discourse.

This book will be of interest to all those concerned with understanding modern sexual discourse in its historical context, and will be essential reading for researchers, teachers, and students interested in the history and study of sex.

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List of Contributors.

Introduction: Rita Felski.

Part I. A Dangerous New Science.

1. Transformations: Subjects, Categories and Cures in Krafft-Ebing's Sexology: Merl Storr.

2. It's What You Do With It That Counts: Interpretations of Otto Weininger: Judy Greenway.

3. The Hidden Romance of Sexual Science: Eugenics, the Nation and the Making of Modern Feminism: Carolyn Burdett.

4. Scientific Racism and the Making of the Homosexual Body: Siobhan Somerville.

Part II. Labelling Bodies. .

5. Symonds's History, Ellis's Heredity: Sexual Inversion: Joseph Bristow.

6. 'Educating the Eye': The Tattooed Prostitute: Jane Caplan.

7. Transsexuals and the Transsexualists: Inversion and the Emergence of Transsexual Subjectivity: Jay Prosser.

Part III. Constructing Desires.

8. Feminist Reconfigurations of Heterosexuality in the 1920s: Lesley Hall.

9. Sex, Love and the Homosexual Body in Early Sexology: Suzanne Raitt.

10. Havelock Ellis, Sigmund Freud and the State: Discourses of Homosexual Identity in Interwar Britain: Chris Waters.

Part IV. Cultural Perversions. .

11. Trial by Sexology?: Maud Allan, Salome and the 'Cult of the Clitoris' Case: Lucy Bland.

12. 'Acts of Female Indecency': Sexology's Intervention in Legislating Lesbianism: Laura Doan.

13. 'Sex is an Accident': Feminism, Science and the Radical Sexual Theory of Urania 1915-1940: Alison Oram.


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Lucy Bland University of North London.

Laura Doan State University of New York, USA.
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