A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Enlightenment (The Cultural Histories Series)

A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Enlightenment (The Cultural Histories Series)

By: Julie Peakman (editor)Hardback

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In the period between 1650 and 1820 new worlds of sex opened up. This was a pivotal time when old religious beliefs and medical theories about sexuality and the body clashed with innovatory ideas emerging from natural science and philosophy. In addition, a burgeoning print industry fed a rapidly expanding reading public with erotica. With the breakdown of old community networks and increased urbanization, authorities reacted to increased sexual license with a raft of new regulations designed to curtail variations in sexual behaviour. A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Enlightenment presents an overview of the period with essays on heterosexuality, homosexuality, sexual variations, religious and legal issues, health concerns, popular beliefs about sexuality, prostitution and erotica.

About Author

Julie Peakman teaches at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her recent books include Lascivious Bodies: A Sexual History of the Eighteenth Century and Mighty Lewd Books: The Development of Pornography in Eighteenth-century England. She has also edited Sexual Perversions, 1670-1890, eight volumes of Whore's Bibliographies 1680-1815.


1 Introduction Julie Peakman (Birkbeck College, University of London, UK) 2 Heterosexuality: Europe and North America Anna Clark (University of Minnesota, USA) 3 Homosexuality Rictor Norton (Independent Scholar, UK) 4 Sexual Variations Marianna Muravyeva (University of Helsinki, Finland) 5 Sex, Religion and the Law Merril D. Smith (Independent Scholar, USA) 6 Sex, Medicine and Disease George Rousseau (University of Oxford, UK) 7 Sex, Popular Beliefs and Culture Heike Bauer (Birkbeck Institute of Gender and Sexuality, UK) 8 Prostitution Randolph Trumbach (City University of New York, USA) 9 Erotica: Representing Sex in the Eighteenth Century Katherine Crawford (Vanderbilt University, USA) Notes Bibliography Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781847888037
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 310
  • ID: 9781847888037
  • weight: 794
  • ISBN10: 1847888038

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