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Sexuality Synopsis

Sexuality has always been an obsessive human concern; it has often been the real subject of cultural, religious, and political discourses that did not dare to mention it or did not have the language for addressing it directly. We now possess both the language and the cultural temerity to discuss sexuality as straightforwardly as we like, and with a frankness that would have shocked people a few decades ago. It now seems impossible to contemplate human happiness without some measure of sexual fulfilment, although that remains a notoriously elusive and negotiable ideal. Nor is it possible now to think about our identities or the identities of others without factoring in sexual tastes and orientation. The central message of this book is that we are unlikely to understand the promise or the limits of our contemporary sexualities unless we understand those of the past. Robert A. Nye's Oxford Reader is intended to be used on the wide ranges of undergraduate courses which address issues of human sexuality: courses taught in departments of history, women's studies, medical history, sociology, gay and lesbian studies, anthropology, religion, and literary studies, as well as in professional programmes such as medicine, public health, clinical psychology, social work, and law. Part I of the Reader forms a chronological narrative of the development of thinking about sexuality from the ancient Greeks to the present. Part II discusses nineteenth-century investigation of phenomena such as hysteria, prostitution, fetishism, and exhibitionism. Part III brings together contemporary conceptions of the sexual body, and Part IV addresses the issue of whether the sexual revolution of the late sixties and seventies has brought about a profound and permanent change in the sexual landscape of western civilization.

Sexuality Press Reviews

An excellent selection of essays....students will get a lot out of it. Useful across other c.s. modules, too. * Dr David Bell, Staffordshire University * ...this book is worth pursuing...The only real problem in writing about sex is that of predictability; by juxtaposing many writers and many ideas, Sexuality avoids that fate and offers a great deal of enlightenment as well. * The Times *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780192880192
Publication date: 4th March 1999
Author: Robert A. (Thomas Hart and Mary Jones Horning Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History, Oregon State Universit Nye
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 522 pages
Categories: Sexual behaviour, Gender studies, gender groups, History of ideas,

About Robert A. (Thomas Hart and Mary Jones Horning Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History, Oregon State Universit Nye

Robert A. Nye is the Thomas Hart and Mary Jones Horning Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at Oregon State University. For previous and forthcoming publications, see below.

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