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

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

By: Bette Talvacchia (editor)Paperback

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Europe saw such revolutionary cultural change between 1450 and 1650 that those who witnessed the transformations conceived of the period as a time of rebirth. Ideas and practices around sexuality were transformed as much as any other aspect of society. Religious change, the growth of empires, educational development, social mobility, the theater and the printing press, and medical advances all radically reshaped sexuality in the West. Focusing on texts, images, and social practices, this volume examines the changing attitudes to sexuality during the Renaissance and the strategies used both to enforce and subvert public assumptions and standards. A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Renaissance 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.

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Bette Talvacchia is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Art History in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Connecticut, USA and author of Raphael and Taking Positions: On the Erotic in Renaissance Culture.


Preface Series Acknowledgements List of Illustrations 1 Introduction: The Look and Sound of Sexuality in the Renaissance Bette Talvacchia, University of Connecticut, USA 2 Heterosexuality: A Beast with Many Backs Ann Rosalind Jones, Smith College, USA 3 Homosexuality: Homosociabilities in Renaissance Nuremberg Helmut Puff, University of Michigan, USA 4 Sexual Variations: Playing with, Dissimilitude Fredrika Jacobs, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA 5 Sex, Religion, and the Law: Disciplining Desire N. S. Davidson, University of Oxford, UK 6 Sex, Medicine, and Disease: Welcoming Wombs and Vernacular Anatomies Cynthia Klestinec, Miami University, USA 7 Sex, Popular Beliefs, and Culture: "In the Waie of Lecherie" Walter Stephens, Johns Hopkins University, USA 8 Prostitution: Looking for Love Guido Ruggiero, Miami University, USA 9 Erotica: The Sexualized Body in Renaissance Art Bette Talvacchia, University of Connecticut, USA Notes Bibliography Contributors Index

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  • publication date: 16/01/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781472554796
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9781472554796
  • weight: 592
  • ISBN10: 1472554795

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