Female Sexual Inversion: Same-sex Desires In Italian And British Sexology, C. 1870-1920

Hardcover | November 15, 2011

byChiara Beccalossi

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An examination ofhow female same-sex desires were represented in a wide range of Italian and British medical writings, 1870-1920. It shows how the psychiatric category of sexual inversion was positioned alongside other medical ideas of same-sex desires, such as the virago, tribade-prostitute, fiamma and gynaecological explanations.

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An examination ofhow female same-sex desires were represented in a wide range of Italian and British medical writings, 1870-1920. It shows how the psychiatric category of sexual inversion was positioned alongside other medical ideas of same-sex desires, such as the virago, tribade-prostitute, fiamma and gynaecological explanations.

CHIARA BECCALOSSI is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of European Discourses, the University of Queensland, Australia. She has published a number of articles on the history of sexuality and history of medicine, and is the co-editor of A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Age of Empire (2011) with Ivan Cro...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 10.25 × 5.68 × 0.96 inPublished:November 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Note on terminology
Abbreviations
PART I
Introduction: Female Sexual Inversion and other Medical Embodiments of Female Same-Sex Desires in Italy and Britain, circa 1870-1920
Sexuality in Post-Risorgimento Italy and Victorian Britain
PARTII
Italy: The Fashionable Psychiatric Disorder of Sexual Inversion and Other Medical Embodiments of Same-Sex Desires
Britain: Oblique Discourses Surrounding 'Lesbic Love'
PART III
Cesare Lombroso and Italian Criminal Anthropology
Pasquale Penta, 'First Class Sexologist'
Havelock Ellis and Sex Psychology
William Blair-Bell and Gynaecology
Concluding Remarks
Bibliography
Index