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Paul R. Hyams
Historians are as interested in sex as the next person. But we soon find this most dangerous subject to be extremely hard to master for oneself—harder still to make accessible to others. I only wish my own awkward start in the field had been eased by a guide half as helpful as Mathew Kuefler's new History of Sexuality Sourcebook. Selecting his texts from diverse cultures and more than two millennia, Kuefler seeks to reach beyond sexuality specialists to historians and their students. Inspired by the 'open-mindedness of thought' that he recommends, he guides his readers through the thickets of theory and interpretation confidently and with plain good sense. His readers will meet Darwin and biology, as well as Marx and Freud, plus a good selection of cultural theorists. His 'Questions for Reflection and Discussion' empower readers for genuine engagement with each document. This volume is a keeper. Courses based on Kuefler will illuminate their audiences and probably win teaching awards too.