The History of Sexuality in Europe

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`By combining the latest in analysis with original sources, and by centering each chapter on a question. this Reader offers an excellent way to introduce students to the history of sexuality and to the methodologies that have shaped this dynamic field. Although the book's primary focus is Europe, it places European developments in a global context, and so opens up opportunities for comparative and transnational discussions.' Merry Wiesner-Hanks, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA

`This volume forms a valuable supplement to Anna Clark's Desire. It provides a taster menu of some of the very varied primary source materials interrogated by historians of sexuality alongside "worked examples" in the form of analyses of particular crucial questions by leading scholars in the field. With its broad time-span and wide geographical range as well as the diversity of issues it addresses, this will surely become an essential introduction to this vibrant field.' Lesley Hall, Wellcome Library, UK

The History of Sexuality in Europe: A sourcebook and reader is a dynamic introduction to the latest debates inthe history of sexuality in Europe. It begins with an introduction, "The magnetic poetry kit of sex," that surveys the field of sexuality and introduces the new concept of sexual grammar. The Reader focuses on the modern age, but has three chapters on the ancient and medieval worlds to demonstrate their very different cultures of sexuality.

An essential collection for all students of the history of sexuality.

The History of Sexuality in Europe: A sourcebook and reader is a dynamic introduction to the latest debates in the history of sexuality in Europe. It begins with an introduction, "The magnetic poetry kit of sex," that surveys the field of sexuality and introduces the new concept of sexual grammar. The Reader focuses on the modern age, but has three chapters on the ancient and medieval worlds to demonstrate their very different cultures of sexuality.

Each section of the Reader pairs the latest chapters and articles by experts with primary sources, addressing questions such as:

-Why did ancient Greek philosophers and medieval Islamic poets celebrate men's desire for each other?

-Was Jesus a queer eunuch?

-Were Victorians sexually repressed?

-How did nonwestern cultures change some Europeans' ideas about sex?

-Does regulating prostitution protect or punish women who sell sex?

-How did sexologists learn from feminists, and men and women who desired those of the same sex?

-Were 1960's feminists pro- or anti-sex?

Anna Clark is a Professor of History at the University of Minnesota.

The History of Sexuality in Europe: A Sourcebook and Reader is a dynamic introduction to the latest debates in the history of Sexuality in Europe. It begins with an introduction, "The Magnetic Poetry Kit of Sex," that surveys the field of sexuality and introduces the new concept of sexual grammar. The Reader focuses on the modern age, but has three chapters on the ancient and medieval world to demonstrate their very different cultures of sexuality.

Each section of the Reader pairs the latest chapters and articles by experts with primary sources, addressing questions such as:

  • Why did ancient Greek philosophers and medieval Islamic poets celebrate menÂ’s desire for each other?
  • Was Jesus a queer eunuch?
  • Were Victorians sexually repressed?
  • How did nonwestern cultures change some EuropeansÂ’ ideas about sex?
  • Does regulating prostitution protect or punish women who sell sex?
  • How did sexologists learn from feminists, and men and women who desired those of the same sex?
  • Were 60s feminists pro or anti sex?

An essential collection for all students of the history of sexuality.