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Sex and Pleasure in Western Culture / Edition 1

Sex and Pleasure in Western Culture / Edition 1

by Gail Hawkes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745616712

ISBN-13: 9780745616711

Pub. Date: 07/23/2004

Publisher: Wiley

Sex and Pleasure in Western Culture provides the first comprehensive overview of desire and pleasure in western sexual culture. It argues that both have always been seen as socially disruptive and morally dangerous and offers an account of the methods by which these attributes of sex were managed through history.

Overview

Sex and Pleasure in Western Culture provides the first comprehensive overview of desire and pleasure in western sexual culture. It argues that both have always been seen as socially disruptive and morally dangerous and offers an account of the methods by which these attributes of sex were managed through history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745616711
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/23/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Prologue: The Sexual Landscape of the New Millennium5
New discourses of public and private pleasures7
Advertising sex9
Entertainment sex12
Beyond the boundaries: unauthorized sex17
Conclusion21
1Sex, Pleasure and Self-Control in Classical Antiquity24
Introduction24
Plato on pleasure, desire and its social significance26
Plato's Phaedrus: lust, desire and 'the charioteer'29
Gender and masculinity in classical antiquity31
Physicians of late antiquity and the management of self34
Conclusion39
Further reading41
2Sinful Sex: Early Christianity and the Problem of Desire42
Introduction42
The body and its enemies in the first centuries of Christianity44
Sex, the Bible and the first Church Fathers47
Augustine, sex and the compromise54
Conclusion57
Further reading60
3Guilty Sex, Courtly Love and the Unruly Body: Medieval Themes and Practices62
Introduction62
'Never on Sunday': sex, the Church and the penitentials63
Stories about sex, 1: courtly love and little fables72
Stories about sex, 2: the sexual body in medieval medicine77
Conclusion82
Further reading84
4Sex, the Body and Desire in the Premodern Period85
Introduction85
Renaissance, the civilized body and the civilized self88
Humanism, the body and society: the new anatomy91
Religion and sexual behaviour96
Heterosexuality, homosexuality and new boundaries of desire100
Conclusion105
Further reading106
5Pleasure and Desire in the Age of Modernity107
Introduction107
Natural bodies and natural pleasures: the joy of Enlightenment sex112
Passive women and pleasureless sex119
Dangerous practices and disreputable desires122
End-of-century anxieties and the science of sex126
Conclusion138
Further reading143
6Obligatory Pleasures and Undisciplined Desires: The Sexual Century Reviewed144
Introduction144
Sigmund Freud and the instinct to pleasure148
Training heterosexuality, 1: containment151
Training heterosexuality, 2: sexual hygiene and sexual performance155
'Liberating heterosexuality?'158
Gays and lesbians in from the margins166
Conclusion173
Further reading175
Epilogue: Themes and Reflections176
References and Bibliography185
Index198

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