Desire: A History of European Sexuality / Edition 1 available in Paperback
‘… the rich range of historical information that Clark weaves into her chapters... makes this ambitious overview of sex in Europe a highly accessible and successful endeavour.’ – Times Higher Education Supplement
'Provides a valuable overview of the history of sexuality in Europe since classical antiquity, synthesising as it does a mass of studies of specific regions and periods which have appeared during the last two decades.' Lesley Hall, Wellcome Library, UK
Desire: A History of European Sexuality is a sweeping survey of sexuality in Europe from the Greeks to the present day. It traces two concepts of sexual desire that have competed in European history: desire as dangerous, polluting, and disorderly; and desire as creative, transcendent, even revolutionary. This book follows these changing attitudes toward sexuality through the major turning points of European history.
Written in a lively and engaging style, the book contains many fascinating anecdotes drawing on a rich array of sources including poetry, novels, pornography and film as well as court records, autobiographies and personal letters. While Anna Clark builds on the work of dozens of historians, she also takes a fresh approach and introduces the concepts of twilight moments and sexual economies. Desire integrates the history of heterosexuality with same-sex desire, and focuses on the emotions of love as well as the passions of lust, the politics of sex as well as the personal experiences.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Anna Clark is the author of Women’s Silence, Men’s Violence: Sexual Assault in England, 1770-1845 (1987), The Struggle for the Breeches: Gender and the Making of the British Working Class (1995), and Scandal: The Sexual Politics of the British Constitution (2003). She is a professor at the University of Minnesota.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Sex and the Problem of Western Civilization 2. Sex and the City: Greece and Rome 3. Divine Desire in Judaism and Early Christianity 4. Medieval Fantasies of Desire, Sacred and Profane 5. From Twilight Moments to Moral Panics: The Regulation of Sex from the Thirteenth Century to the Sixteenth Century 6. The Age of Exploration: Sexual Contact and Culture Clash in Spain and Colonial Mesoamerica 7. Enlightening Desire: New Attitudes toward Sexuality in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries 8. In the Victorian Twilight: Illegitimacy, Sexual Commerce, and Same-Sex Desire, 1750-1870 9. Boundaries of the Nation, Boundaries of the Self: 1860-1914 10. Managing Desire or Consuming Sex in Interwar Culture 11. Sex and the State in the 1930s: Sweden, the Soviet Union, and Nazi Germany 12. The Reconstruction of Desire and Sexual Consumerism in Postwar Europe