The Frail Social Body / Edition 1

The Frail Social Body / Edition 1

by Carolyn J. Dean
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520219953

ISBN-13: 9780520219953

Pub. Date: 02/16/2000

Publisher: University of California Press


Amid the national shame and subjugation following World War I in France, cultural critics there—journalists, novelists, doctors, and legislators, among others—worked to rehabilitate what was perceived as an unhealthy social body. Carolyn J. Dean shows how these critics attempted to reconstruct the “bodily integrity” of the nation by pointing…  See more details below

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Amid the national shame and subjugation following World War I in France, cultural critics there—journalists, novelists, doctors, and legislators, among others—worked to rehabilitate what was perceived as an unhealthy social body. Carolyn J. Dean shows how these critics attempted to reconstruct the “bodily integrity” of the nation by pointing to the dangers of homosexuality and pornography. Dean's provocative work demonstrates the importance of this concept of bodily integrity in France and shows how it was ultimately used to define first-class citizenship.

Dean presents fresh historical material—including novels and medical treatises—to show how fantasies about the body-violating qualities of homosexuality and pornography informed social perceptions and political action. Although she focuses on the period from 1890 to 1945, Dean also establishes the relevance of these ideas to current preoccupations with pornography and sexuality in the United States.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520219953
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/16/2000
Series:
Studies on the History of Society and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Pornography and Perversion25
2Pornography, Literature, and the Redemption of Virility64
3The Great War, Pornography, and the Violated Social Body101
4The Making of Gay Male Sexuality130
5The Making of Lesbian Sexuality173
Epilogue217
Select Bibliography229
Index253

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