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    Measurements of civilisation: non-western female sexuality and the fin de siècle social body

    Bauer, Heike (2008) Measurements of civilisation: non-western female sexuality and the fin de siècle social body. In: Cryle, P. and Forth, C.E. (eds.) Sexuality at the Fin de Siècle: The Making of a "Central Problem". Deleware, U.S.: Delaware University Press, pp. 93-108. ISBN 9781611491010.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: It has come to be widely accepted that "sexuality" as we know it took shape at the end of the nineteenth century, around the time that Havelock Ellis declared it the "central problem of life." Yet however self-evident Ellis's claim about sexuality might seem, the act of placing something at the center is the consequence of insistent cultural work that engages with competing views about bodies and indeed about the "life" of society. This volume explores how habits of thinking about the centrality of sex were articulated, how they engaged with pre-existing approaches to personal identity, and what competing discourses had to be displaced in order for sexuality to become as central as sexologists claimed it was.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: School of Arts > English, Theatre and Creative Writing
    Depositing User: Heike Bauer
    Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2013 11:59
    Last Modified: 06 Mar 2021 19:12
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/5243

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