Sexuality

Paperback | March 1, 1999

EditorRobert A. Nye

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Sexuality has always been an obsessive human concern; it has often been the real subject of cultural, religious, and political discourses that did not dare to mention it or did not have the language for addressing it directly. We now possess both the language and the cultural temerity todiscuss sexuality as straightforwardly as we like, and with a frankness that would have shocked people a few decades ago. It now seems impossible to contemplate human happiness without some measure of sexual fulfilment, although that remains a notoriously elusive and negotiable ideal. Nor is itpossible now to think about our identities or the identities of others without factoring in sexual tastes and orientation. The central message of this book is that we are unlikely to understand the promise or the limits of our contemporary sexualities unless we understand those of the past. Robert A. Nye's Oxford Reader is intended to be used on the wide ranges of undergraduate courses which address issues of human sexuality: courses taught in departments of history, women's studies, medical history, sociology, gay and lesbian studies, anthropology, religion, and literary studies, aswell as in professional programmes such as medicine, public health, clinical psychology, social work, and law. Part I of the Reader forms a chronological narrative of the development of thinking about sexuality from the ancient Greeks to the present. Part II discusses nineteenth-centuryinvestigation of phenomena such as hysteria, prostitution, fetishism, and exhibitionism. Part III brings together contemporary conceptions of the sexual body, and Part IV addresses the issue of whether the sexual revolution of the late sixties and seventies has brought about a profound andpermanent change in the sexual landscape of western civilization.

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Being straightforward about sexuality is a recent cultural development. This book looks at the chronological events that eventually to this moment. From the ancient Greeks to the present, Sexuality looks at prostitution, fetishism and exhibitionism, proposing that in order to understand our current sexual landscape, we must first exami...

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Sexuality has always been an obsessive human concern; it has often been the real subject of cultural, religious, and political discourses that did not dare to mention it or did not have the language for addressing it directly. We now possess both the language and the cultural temerity todiscuss sexuality as straightforwardly as we like...

Robert A. Nye is the Thomas Hart and Mary Jones Horning Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at Oregon State University. For previous and forthcoming publications, see below.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:522 pages, 9.21 × 5.98 × 1.1 inPublished:March 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192880195

ISBN - 13:9780192880192

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IntroductionPart I Before Sexuality; I a The Ancient World; I b Early Christianity; I c The Middle Ages; I d The Renaissance and Religious Reform; I e Enlightenment and Revolution; I f Up from the Beast: The Triumph of Middle-Class Sexuality.Part II The Discovery of `Sexuality' at the Century's Turn; II a Doctors and Sexual Disorders; II a i Experts; II a ii Hysteria; II a iii Prostitution; II a iv Masturbation; II b The Perversions; II b i Inversion; II b ii Sadism; II b iii Masochism; II b iv Fetishism; II b v Exhibitionism; II b viFreud and Psycholanalysis; II b vii Heterosexuality.Part III The Twentieth-Century Sexual Body; III a The Evolution of Sex; III b Hermaphroditism/Intersexuality; III c The Discovery of Hormones; III d Developmental Biology and Psychology; III e The Physiology of Sexual Function; III f Transsexuality; III g The Gay Gene and the Sexual Brain.Part IV Sexual Revolution?; IV a Pioneers of Sex Reform; IV b Second Wave Sexology; IV c Stripping Off; IV d Coming Out; IV e A Golden Age for Pornography?; IV f AIDS; IV g Sex Surveys: Have We Returned to Normal?Notes; Select Bibliography; Biographical Notes; Index. Complete list of extracts available on request.

From Our Editors

Being straightforward about sexuality is a recent cultural development. This book looks at the chronological events that eventually to this moment. From the ancient Greeks to the present, Sexuality looks at prostitution, fetishism and exhibitionism, proposing that in order to understand our current sexual landscape, we must first examine that of the past.

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`An excellent selection of essays....students will get a lot out of it. Useful across other c.s. modules, too.'Dr David Bell, Staffordshire University