Sexuality: An Illustrated History

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In this fascinating book, Sander L. Gilman traces the history of how sexuality has been represented in Western civilization since the advent of Christianity. In so doing, he shows how these cultures define themselves and are shaped by their concepts of beauty and ugliness, masculinity and femininity, health and sickness, the sacred and profane. Gilman demonstrates how such concepts are elements in the greater tapestry of Western culture, through which run threads that have ...

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Overview

In this fascinating book, Sander L. Gilman traces the history of how sexuality has been represented in Western civilization since the advent of Christianity. In so doing, he shows how these cultures define themselves and are shaped by their concepts of beauty and ugliness, masculinity and femininity, health and sickness, the sacred and profane. Gilman demonstrates how such concepts are elements in the greater tapestry of Western culture, through which run threads that have remained unbroken for nearly two millennia.

With the help of over three-hundred and twenty pictorial representations produced throughout the ages (most of them unavailable elsewhere), he provides a thorough, comparative look at the foundations and mechanisms of Western sexual constructs and their impact on every aspect of life. From the Middle Ages through current myth-making about AIDS, he draws on materials from medicine, anatomy, pathology, art, and literature to show how ideas of the body and the sexual are and have been portrayed.

Sexuality: An Illustrated History is a fascinating-and sometimes disturbing-contribution to the current discourse on sexual ethics and politics. It helps in defining sexuality and the understanding and portrayal of the body as a social and historical phenomenon while exposing the sources and mechanisms of cultures' most deep-seated prejudices.

Sander L. Gilman, PhD, is a distinguished professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University. A respected educator, he has served as Old Dominion Visiting Professor of English at Princeton; Northrop Frye Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto; Mellon Visiting Professor of Humanities at Tulane University; Goldwin Smith Professor of Humane Studies at Cornell University; and Professor of the History of Psychiatry at Cornell Medical College. He has written and edited several books including The Face of Madness and Seeing the Insane.

This visually striking text traces, for the first time, mythmaking about the sexual form, from cultural roots in Christianity to the recent mythmaking about AIDs. 328 illustations.

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Gilman humane studies and history of psychiatry, Cornell U. traces the representation of sexuality in Western civilization since the advent of Christianity. His emphasis is on sexuality and the body as socially and historically contingent phenomena. Some 230 illustrations display the evolving iconography of sexual representation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781626549227
  • Publisher: Echo Point Books & Media
  • Publication date: 3/11/2014
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Representing Human Sexuality.
From Word to the Image: Biblical Icons of Sexuality in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Sexuality, Difference, and Disease in the Science and Culture of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Leonardo da Vinci's First Image of Human Sexuality.
Icons of Sexuality in European Seventeenth-Century Art and Science.
The Representation of Sexuality During the Enlightment.
Goethe's Touch.
Icons of Sexuality During the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries.
Representing the Sexual in the Fin de Siecle.
Manet and Zola See Nana: Representing Sexuality and Disease in the Fin de Siecle.
The Image of AIDS: Representing Sexuality and Disease at the Turn of Another Century.
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  • Posted July 14, 2014

    All the nitty-gritty I¿m just fascinated by the history of medic

    All the nitty-gritty
    I’m just fascinated by the history of medicine, and when I started to have questions about sexually transmitted diseases, this book had all the answers… and then some. It’s a little hard to read at times, due to its graphic illustrations and dry text, but the information is solid. Gilman has put a great deal of research into this book, making it the most comprehensive book on the subject of sexuality. By working chronologically from the Middles Ages to the Renaissance to the last three centuries, you learn the significant developments in the representation of sexuality in medicine, religion, culture, and crime. A comparable text is The Wages of Sin.

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