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Mathew Kuefler has created a unique sourcebook that crosses all continents and transcends historical periods. Ancient, medieval, and modern voices from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas offer their opinions on topics from love and marriage to patriarchy and censorship while excerpts from religious, legal, political, and poetic texts comment on sex and human existence. Sappho, Mencius, Jesus, Karl Marx, Mahatma Gandhi, and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick all have their say on sex and desire. Roman emperors, Hindu mystics, geishas, Nazis, and the Kinsey Report are all represented in this first of its kind collection. A truly stimulating array of documents relating to all aspects of sexuality.

Thoughtful commentary, questions for discussion, and recommended further readings accompany each excerpt. The Sourcebook also includes 24 black and white illustrations and an index.

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What People Are Saying

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.

Steven Maynard

Mathew Kuefler has ransacked Clio's closet. Selecting from among the more provocative pieces of her wardrobe, Kuefler has dressed up the muse of history to accentuate her sex appeal. Showcasing old favorites as well as the very latest styles, Kuefler's thorough and thoughtful catalogue of primary sources on the history of sexuality will be an essential reference for students and teachers alike (his questions for discussion make excellent accessories). For all those who follow the fashions of the sexual past, The History of Sexuality Sourcebook is a must-have.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551117386
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
  • Publication date: 3/9/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 455
  • Sales rank: 485,367
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Mathew Kuefler is an Associate Professor of History at San Diego State University and the Editor of the Journal of the History of Sexuality. He is the author of The Manly Eunuch: Masculinity, Gender Ambiguity, and Christian Ideology in Late Antiquity and the editor of The Boswell Thesis: Essays for the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of John Boswell?s Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality.

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Table of Contents



Introduction: Three (or More) Ways of Looking at the History of Sexuality

Part I: Sexuality as Social Custom

Chapter 1: Patriarchy

1. The So-Called Venus of Willendorf

2. Akkadian Hymn to Ishtar

3. The Legend of Adam and Eve

4. Satakatraya

5. The Laws of Manu

6. Lessons for a Woman

7. The People of Early Japan

8. Herodotus on the Peoples of North Africa

Chapter 2: Marriage

9. The Code of Hammurabi

10. Creon's Speech from Antigone

11. Andromache's Speech from The Women of Troy

12. The Marriage of Isaac and Rebekah

13. A Father's Advice

14. The Ramayana

15. Poem between a Husband and Wife

16. Egyptian Marriage Contracts

17. An Egyptian Married Couple

18. Augustine's Confessions

Chapter 3: The Varieties of Sexual Expression

19. Aristophanes' Speech from the Symposium

20. Pederasty in Greek Art

21. Poem of Theocritus

22. The Chinese Emperors' Male Favorites

23. The Story of a Eunuch and the Queen Dowager

24. The Holiness Code

25. Prostitution as Metaphor

26. Herodotus on Sacred Prostitution

27. Pseudo-Lucian on Ritual Castration

28. Apuleius on Eunuchs

29. Lactantius on Sexual Difference

Chapter 4: Public and Private Sexuality

30. Fragments of Sappho's Poems

31. Augustine's Denunciations in The City of God

32. The Rape of Lucretia

33. Suetonius on Augustus and Caligula

34. Martial's Epigrams

35. Shakuntala

36. Harem Life from the Kamasutra

37. Moche Drinking Cup

38. The Tale of Genji

39. The Diary of Lady Murasaki

Part II: Sexuality as Ideology

Chapter 5: Sex and Human Experience

40. Japanese Creation Myth from the Kojiki

41. Peruvian Myth

42. The Song of Songs

43. Marriage Hymn from the Rig Veda

44. Krishna and the Milkmaids

45. Vishnu as Mohini

46. Erotic Temple Sculpture

47. Mencius

48. The Qur'an on Women

49. The Qur'an on the Afterlife

Chapter 6: Sexual Renunciation

50. The Early Life of the Buddha

51. The Dhammapada

52. Buddha and Tara

53. The Chariot of Mind and Body

54. Oribasius on the Dangers of Sex

55. The Book of Wisdom on Sex

56. Jesus on Sex and Marriage

57. Paul on Sex and Marriage

58. Paul on Sex and Marriage, Again

59. Jesus on Sex and Marriage, Again

60. Poems of Mirabai

Chapter 7: The Elaboration of Tradition

61. The Talmud on Rape, Seduction, and Slander

62. Maimonides on Marriage

63. Jewish Marriage Contracts

64. Early Islamic Hadith

65. Later Islamic Hadith

66. Augustine on the Origins of Lust

67. Jerome's Letter to Eustochium

68. List of Christian Sexual Sins

69. A Personified Consanguinity Table

70. Early Buddhist Legends

71. The Levels of the Buddhist Heaven

72. List of Buddhist Sexual Sins

Chapter 8: Dissenting Voices

73. Poem of Moses ibn Ezra

74. A Marriage Dispute

75. Abu Nuwas on Sexual Choice

76. A Tale from The Thousand and One Nights

77. Persian Miniature

78. A Hindu Writer on Buddhist Sexual Renunciation

79. Drukpa Kunley's Attempt at Incest

80. Marriage among the Franks

81. Poem of Marbod of Rennes

82. Song of a Female Troubadour

83. Another Song of a Female Troubadour

84. The Wife of Bath

Part III: Sexuality as Identity

Chapter 9: Puritans and Libertines

85. Martin Luther on Sex and Marriage

86. Bernard Mandeville's Defense of Prostitution

87. The Marquis de Sade

88. The Code Napoleon

89. Nafzawi on Physical Attractiveness and Abortion

90. Jade Scent and Honest Quan

91. Page from a Chinese Erotic Album

92. The Mysterious Woman

93. Marx and Engels on the Family

94. Han Yi's Destroying the Family

95. Fidel Castro's Address to the Women of Cuba

96. The Nazi Family

97. Letters from Raden Adjeng Kartini

Chapter 10: The Other

98. Marco Polo

99. The Hammer of Witches

100. The Sexual Customs of Utopia

101. A Letter from Amerigo Vespucci

102. Bernal Diaz del Castillo's True History

103. John Fryer on the Zoroastrians

104. George Robertson on the People of Tahiti

105. A Missionary in Tahiti

106. George Angas on the Aborigines of Australia

107. Mary Kingsley in West Africa

108. China and the United States Compared

109. An Anti-Immigrant Poster

110. John Gunther on Australia and New Guinea

111. Image of an African Woman

112. Communist Sex

113. Homosexuals as the Other

Chapter 11: Science and Sexuality

114. The Problem with Masturbation

115. Curing Masturbation

116. Anti-Hysteria Device

117. Freud on Hysteria

118. Sexual Excitability and Eugenics

119. The New Science of Sexology

120. The Corset

121. The Kinsey Report

122. Frigidity

123. Sociobiology

124. Scientific Matchmaking

125. Evelyn Hooker's Research on Homosexuality

126. Neither Men nor Women

127. The Hite Report

128. Nancy Chodorow on Children's Sexual Development

Chapter 12: Social Factors

129. A Woman of Quality

130. Boy Actresses

131. An Image of the Floating World

132. Address to the Magdalen Society of New York

133. Dating in Nineteenth-Century Cuba

134. Susan B. Anthony on Women

135. A Denunciation of Urban Life

136. Changing Marital Patterns among the Kgatla

137. Women's Education and Marriage in Japan

138. Sex in Advertising

139. Prostitution in Bombay

140. Dating in Modern Taiwan

141. Egyptian Women and Work

Chapter 13: Speaking Sex

142. Abortion and the Floating World in Japan

143. The Regulation of Prostitution

144. A Muckraker on Prostitution

145. Anthony Comstock and Censorship

146. The Hays Code

147. Lynching and Sex

148. Margaret Sanger and Mahatma Gandhi on Birth Control

149. Gandhi on Sati and Purdah

150. She May Look Clean

151. Men and Women at the Beach

152. A Drag Ball in Berlin

153. The Stonewall Riots

154. Silence = Death

155. Abortion Arguments

156. Female Circumcision

Chapter 14: Sex and Self-Fulfillment

157. A Poem about Marriage

158. An Unhappy Marriage

159. An Ode to Breasts

160. Rekhti Erotic Poem

161. Another Kind of Love

162. Jung on Love

163. Wilhelm Reich and Sex-Economy

164. Simone de Beauvoir

165. Picasso's Couple

166. Jagua Nana

167. Helen Gurley Brown on Being Sexy

168. Advertising and the Invention of Halitosis

169. The Gay Liberation Front's Manifesto

170. S/M Sex

171. A Poem about Bisexuality

Chapter 15: Sex and the Uses of History

172. Michel Foucault and the Repressive Hypothesis

173. The Spread of AIDS and Global Migration

174. Prostitution in Thailand

175. Pornography and the Oppression of Women

176. Islam and Women's Sexuality

177. Same-Sex Marriage

178. Other Homoerotic Traditions

179. Changing Sexual Paradigms

180. S/M History

181. Bisexuality

182. The Men's Movement

183. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Queer Theory



Temporal Index

Geographical Index

Topical Index

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