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Michael Foucault called sex the explanation for everything, our master key. In Discourses of Sexuality, fourteen distinguished scholars, artists, and critics examine sexuality from a fascinating array of perspectives. The book's opening section reopens the question of the history of sexuality; it is followed by Regimes of Knowledge and Desire, which explores gender and sexuality in the Elizabethan period, sexual desire and the market economy during the Industrial Revolution, and Freud's notions of sexuality of perversion. The next section, The Constructed Body, examines conceptions, representations, and implications of the body through written and visual representation. The last part of the book, AIDS and the Crisis of Modernity, looks at the place of AIDS in the study of sexuality, provides an analysis of Nicholas Nixon's portraits of people with AIDS, and demonstrates the importance of rediscovering values that help us to live with human variety and social diversity.
In its six case studies, The Dynamics of Gender in Early Modern France works out a model for (early modern) gender, which is articulated in the introduction. The book comprises essays on the construction of women: three in texts by male and three by female writers, including Racine, Fenelon, Poulain de la Barre, in the first part; La Guette, La Fayette and Sevigne, in the second. These studies thus also take up different genres: satire, tragedy and treatise; memoir, novella and letter-writing. Since gender is a relational construct, each chapter considers as well specific textual and contextual representations of men. In every instance, Stanton looks for signs of conformity to-and deviations from-normative gender scripts. The Dynamics of Gender adds a new dimension to early modern French literary and cultural studies: it incorporates a dynamic (shifting) theory of gender, and it engages both contemporary critical theory and literary historical readings of primary texts and established concepts in the field. This book emphasizes the central importance of historical context and close reading from a feminist perspective, which it also interrogates as a practice. The Afterword examines some of the meanings of reading-as-a-feminist.