The history of sexuality has been the subject of increased interest
in recent years and more widely acknowledged importance in the
interpretation of past mentalites. Yet historians have only
recently begun to study sexual practices in any depth, establishing
that sexuality is not a biological constant but an ever-changing
phenomenon, continuously shaped by people themselves. The
contributors to this inter-disciplinary collection bring their
expertise in ancient as well as medieval history, anthropology,
modern history, and psychology to bear upon the history of
sexuality. They explore various aspects of sexuality in successive
periods: pederasty and lesbian love in antiquity, incest in the
Middle Ages, sexual education during the Dutch Republic, voyeurism
in the rococo, prostitution in Vienna around 1900, and the
invention of sexology. From Sappho to De Sade, first published in
1989, offers an informative and entertaining collection of essays
for students of cultural anthropology, social history and gender
|Country of origin:
Jan N. Bremmer
||Electronic book text
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