Synopses & Reviews
The key founders of sexology, the "science of desire," were Havelock Ellis, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, and Magnus Hirschfeld. This volume examines the impact of their writings on English-speaking culture from the 1880s to the early 1940s. How influential a field was sexology during this period, and how much power did sexologists wield? What was the impact of their work on popular and official attitudes to sex?
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. They address issues such as the relation of "sexual science" to the law, government policy, journalism, eugenics programs, marriage and sex manuals, and literary representation. They also map out new readings of transsexuality and bisexuality, and the centrality of race within sexology.
Sexology in Culture and its companion Sexology Uncensored will interest all those concerned with understanding modern sexual discourse in its historical context.
How influential a field was sexology during the period from the turn of the 19th century to World War II? And what was the impact of the work of sexologists on popular and official attitudes toward sex? This book brings together leading historians and scholars on the subject to reassess current debates on sexology in light of its history.
About the Author
Laura Doan is professor of cultural history and sexuality studies at the University of Manchester. She is the author of Fashioning Sapphism: The Origins of a Modern English Lesbian Culture and editor of Sexology in Culture: Labeling Bodies and Desires, among other books.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors
Introduction by Rita Felski
Part I - A Dangerous New Science
1. Transformations: Subjects, Categories and Cures in Krafft-Ebing's Sexology by Merl Storr
2. It's What You Do With It That Counts: Interpretations of Otto Weininger by Judy Greenway
3. The Hidden Romance of Sexual Science: Eugenics, the Nation, and the Making of Modern Feminism by Carolyn Burdett
4. Scientific Racism and the Invention of the Homosexual Body by Siobhan B. Somerville
Part II - Labelling Bodies
5. Symonds's History, Ellis's Heredity: Sexual Inversion by Joseph Bristow
6. 'Educating the Eye': The Tattooed Prostitute by Jane Caplan
7. Transsexuals and the Transsexologists: Inversion and the Emergence of Transsexual Subjectivity by Jay Prosser
Part III - Constructing Desires
8. Feminist Reconfigurations of Heterosexuality in the 1920's by Lesley A. Hall
9. Sex, Love and the Homosexual Body in Early Sexology by Suzanne Raitt
10. Havelock Ellis, Sigmund Freud and the State: Discourses of Homosexual Identity in Interwar Britain by Chris Waters
Part IV - Cultural Perversions
11. Trial by Sexology?: Maud Allan, Salome and the 'Cult of the Clitoris' Case by Lucy Bland
12. 'Acts of Female Indecency': Sexology's Intervention in Legislating Lesbianism by Laura Doan
13. 'Sex is an Accident': Feminism, Science and the Radical Sexual Theory of Urania, 1915-40 by Alison Oram