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Studies on the History of Society and Culture #36: The Frail Social Body

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Amid the national shame and subjugation following World War I in France, cultural critics there—journalists, novelists, doctors, and legislators, among others—worked to rehabilitate what was perceived as an unhealthy social body. Carolyn J. Dean shows how these critics attempted to reconstruct the “bodily integrity” of the nation by pointing to the dangers of homosexuality and pornography. Dean's provocative work demonstrates the importance of this concept of bodily integrity in France and shows how it was ultimately used to define first-class citizenship.

Dean presents fresh historical material—including novels and medical treatises—to show how fantasies about the body-violating qualities of homosexuality and pornography informed social perceptions and political action. Although she focuses on the period from 1890 to 1945, Dean also establishes the relevance of these ideas to current preoccupations with pornography and sexuality in the United States.

Synopsis:

“This innovative and important work demonstrates the growing importance of homosexuality and pornography in the Western concept of bodily integrity from the 1880s to World War II. It is a wise ‘think piece about uncharted historical terrain—the most desirable kind of scholarship.”—Bonnie G. Smith, author of The Gender of History: Men, Women, and Historical Practice

“In this fascinating book, Carolyn Dean forces us to rethink many of our basic assumptions about pornography, homosexuality, and sexual rights. She brings together a vast repertoire of sources and places these eclectic materials at the very center of contemporary debates over the relationship between sexuality and society.”—Bryant T. Ragan, coeditor of Homosexuality in Modern France

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [229]-251) and index.

About the Author

Carolyn J. Dean is Professor of History at Brown University and author of The Self and Its Pleasures: Bataille, Lacan, and the History of the Decentered Subject (1992) and Sexuality and Modern Western Culture (1996).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520219953
Author:
Dean, Carolyn J.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
France
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Sex
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Sex (psychology)
Subject:
Pornography
Subject:
Homosexuality
Subject:
Homosexuality -- France.
Subject:
World History-France
Subject:
Europe - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Studies on the History of Society and Culture
Series Volume:
548936
Publication Date:
20000231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
275
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.75 in 1.03 lb

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“This innovative and important work demonstrates the growing importance of homosexuality and pornography in the Western concept of bodily integrity from the 1880s to World War II. It is a wise ‘think piece about uncharted historical terrain—the most desirable kind of scholarship.”—Bonnie G. Smith, author of The Gender of History: Men, Women, and Historical Practice

“In this fascinating book, Carolyn Dean forces us to rethink many of our basic assumptions about pornography, homosexuality, and sexual rights. She brings together a vast repertoire of sources and places these eclectic materials at the very center of contemporary debates over the relationship between sexuality and society.”—Bryant T. Ragan, coeditor of Homosexuality in Modern France

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