Invention of Heterosexuality

ISBN-10: 0226426017

ISBN-13: 9780226426013

Edition: 2007

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"Heterosexuality," assumed to denote a universal sexual and cultural norm, has been largely exempt from critical scrutiny. In this boldly original work, Jonathan Ned Katz challenges the common notion that the distinction between heterosexuality and homosexuality has been a timeless one. Building on the history of medical terminology, he reveals that as late as 1923, the term "heterosexuality" referred to a "morbid sexual passion," and that its current usage emerged to legitimate men and women having sex for pleasure. Drawing on the works of Sigmund Freud, James Baldwin, Betty Friedan, and Michel Foucault, "The Invention of Heterosexuality" considers the effects of heterosexuality's recently forged primacy on both scientific literature and popular culture. "Lively and provocative."--Carol Tavris, "New York Times Book Review" "A valuable primer . . . misses no significant twists in sexual politics."--Gary Indiana, "Village Voice Literary Supplement" "One of the most important--if not outright subversive--works to emerge from gay and lesbian studies in years."--Mark Thompson, "The Advocate"
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List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 298
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Lisa Dugganis associate professor of American Studies and History at New York University. She is co-author ofSex Wars: Sexual Dissent and Political Cultureand author ofSapphic Slashers: Sex, Violence and American Modernity.

Preface, 2006
The Genealogy of a Sex Concept: From Homosexual History to Heterosexual History
The Debut of the Heterosexual: Richard von Krafft-Ebing and the Mind Doctors
Before Heterosexuality: Looking Backward
Making the Heterosexual Mystique: Sigmund Freud's Seminal Conceptions
The Heterosexual Comes Out: From Doctor Discourse to the Mass Media
Questioning the Heterosexual Mystique: Some Liberal Feminist and Radical Feminist Verdicts
The Lesbian Menace Strikes Back: Some Lavender Feminist Critiques
Toward a New Pleasure System: Looking Forward
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