Sexology in Culture: Labelling Bodies and Desires
October 1998, Polity
In this volume, Lucy Bland and Laura Doan have brought together leading historians of sex, cultural and literary critics, and scholars in gay, lesbian and queer studies, to reassess current debates on sexology in light of its history. Issues addressed include the relation of "sexual science" to the law, government policy, journalism, eugenical programmes, marriage and sex manuals, and literary representation. Other chapters map out new readings of transsexuality and bisexuality, and the centrality of race within sexological discourse.
This book will be of interest to all those concerned with understanding modern sexual discourse in its historical context, and will be essential reading for researchers, teachers, and students interested in the history and study of sex.
Introduction: Rita Felski.
Part I. A Dangerous New Science.
1. Transformations: Subjects, Categories and Cures in Krafft-Ebing's Sexology: Merl Storr.
2. It's What You Do With It That Counts: Interpretations of Otto Weininger: Judy Greenway.
3. The Hidden Romance of Sexual Science: Eugenics, the Nation and the Making of Modern Feminism: Carolyn Burdett.
4. Scientific Racism and the Making of the Homosexual Body: Siobhan Somerville.
Part II. Labelling Bodies. .
5. Symonds's History, Ellis's Heredity: Sexual Inversion: Joseph Bristow.
6. 'Educating the Eye': The Tattooed Prostitute: Jane Caplan.
7. Transsexuals and the Transsexualists: Inversion and the Emergence of Transsexual Subjectivity: Jay Prosser.
Part III. Constructing Desires.
8. Feminist Reconfigurations of Heterosexuality in the 1920s: Lesley Hall.
9. Sex, Love and the Homosexual Body in Early Sexology: Suzanne Raitt.
10. Havelock Ellis, Sigmund Freud and the State: Discourses of Homosexual Identity in Interwar Britain: Chris Waters.
Part IV. Cultural Perversions. .
11. Trial by Sexology?: Maud Allan, Salome and the 'Cult of the Clitoris' Case: Lucy Bland.
12. 'Acts of Female Indecency': Sexology's Intervention in Legislating Lesbianism: Laura Doan.
13. 'Sex is an Accident': Feminism, Science and the Radical Sexual Theory of Urania 1915-1940: Alison Oram.
Laura Doan is Professor of English at the State University of New York.
* Contributions from a range of scholars in different disciplines which gives the volume a true interdisciplinary appeal.
* Individual chapters outline a broad range of critical methodologies.
"This fascinating collection is a vital addition to our
knowledge of sexual theory and its consequences." Professor
Sheila Rowbotham, University of Manchester and author of A
Century of Women
"Sexology in Culture will surely come to be seen as a
milestone." Times Literary Supplement
"The reader gets a rich flavour of source material alongside
incisive critical analysis; a productive combination for student,
academic and general reader." The Times Higher Education
" Sexology in Culture is an excellent collection of the kind of focused studies that have made the history of sexuality such a dynamic research field in recent years.an admirable collection – informative, well-organized and intellectually stimulating" Chandak Sengoopta, University of Manchester, Medical History