Desire A History of European Sexuality

ISBN-10: 0415775183

ISBN-13: 9780415775182

Edition: 2008

Authors: Anna Clark

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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. The book ends by demonstrating that western European sexual culture is quite distinct from many other cultures, as the Christian hostility to sexual desire has lost influence. At the same time, the vision of sexual desire as revolutionary seems to have faded. 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 theconcepts 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.
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 286
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

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Acknowledgments
Introduction: sexuality and the problem of western civilization
Sex and the city: Greece and Rome
Divine desire in Judaism and early Christianity
Medieval fantasies of desire, sacred and profane
From twilight moments to moral panics: the regulation of sex from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century
The age of exploration: sexual contact and culture clash in Spain and colonial Mesoamerica
Enlightening desire: new attitudes toward sexuality in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
In the Victorian twilight: sex out-of-wedlock, sexual commerce, and same-sex desire, 1750-1870
Boundaries of the nation, boundaries of the self, 1860-1914
Managing desire or consuming sex in interwar culture
Sex and the state in the 1930s: Sweden, the Soviet Union, and Nazi Germany
The reconstruction of desire and sexual consumerism in postwar Europe
Notes
Index
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