ISBN : 9780199660513
Sex: how should we do it, when should we do it, and with whom? How should we talk about and represent sex, what social institutions should regulate it, and what are other people doing? Throughout history human beings have searched for answers to such questions by turning to the past, whether through archaeological studies of prehistoric sexual behaviour, by reading Casanova's memoirs, or as modern visitors on the British Museum LGBT trail. In this ground-breaking collection, leading scholars show that claims about the past have been crucial in articulating sexual morals, driving political, legal, and social change, shaping individual identities, and constructing and grounding knowledge about sex. With its interdisciplinary perspective and its focus on the construction of knowledge, the volume explores key methodological problems in the history of sexuality, and is also an inspiration and a provocation to scholars working in related fields - historians, classicists, Egyptologists, and scholars of the Renaissance and of LGBT and gender studies - inviting them to join a much-needed interdisciplinary conversation.
List of Figures
List of Contributors
1. Queer Desires and Classicising Strategies of Resistance
2. Queering Display: LGBT History and the Ancient World
3. Anachronistic Readings of Eighteenth-Century Libertinage in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century France
4. Bestiality in the Bay of Naples: the Herculaneum Pan and Goat Statue
5. Navigating the Past: Sexuality, Race, and the Uses of the Primitive in Magnus Hirschfeld's World Journey of a Sexologist
6. Hybridizing Past, Present, and Future: Reflections on the 'Sexology' of R.F. Burton
7. The Victorians: Our Others, Our Selves?
8. Scholarly Visions of Prehistoric Sexuality, 1859-1900
9. Literary Criticism and/as Gender Reassignment: Reading the Classics with Karl Heinrich Ulrichs
10. Androgyny, Perversion, and Social Evolution in Interwar Psychoanalytic Thought
11. Queer (Mis)Representations of Early Modern Sexual Monsters
12. Wilde in the 'Fifties