Premodern Sexualities

  • Filename: premodern-sexualities.
  • ISBN: 9781317795803
  • Release Date: 2013-12-02
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Louise Fradenburg
  • Publisher: Routledge



The integration of photovoltaics (PV) into buildings goes beyond energy saving by providing a clean and elegant way of actually generating electricity. There are already numerous successful examples and rapid technological improvements promise expansion of PV's present niche market to that of a major energy provider of the 21st century. This handbook is the outcome of a five year programme which took place under the auspices of the International Energy Agency. Architects and solar experts from 13 countries addressed the wide range of engineering and architectural issues involved in the successful integration of PV into buildings. It demonstrates how to maximise the overall solar contribution to the building; integrate PV effectively with the building structure; clarify the relationship of PV with other elements of the building's energy system; optimise the system economics. It forms a thorough design guide that covers all aspects if the subject and will enable all building designers, engineers and property owners to make the integration of PV into buildings an architecturally appealing and energetically effective option.

Sex Before Sexuality

  • Filename: sex-before-sexuality.
  • ISBN: 9780745672816
  • Release Date: 2013-04-19
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Kim M. Phillips
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



Sexuality in modern western culture is central to identity but the tendency to define by sexuality does not apply to the premodern past. Before the 'invention' of sexuality, erotic acts and desires were comprehended as species of sin, expressions of idealised love, courtship, and marriage, or components of intimacies between men or women, not as outworkings of an innermost self. With a focus on c. 1100–c. 1800, this book explores the shifting meanings, languages, and practices of western sex. It is the first study to combine the medieval and early modern to rethink this time of sex before sexuality, where same-sex and opposite-sex desire and eroticism bore but faint traces of what moderns came to call heterosexuality, homosexuality, lesbianism, and pornography. This volume aims to contribute to contemporary historical theory through paying attention to the particularity of premodern sexual cultures. Phillips and Reay argue that students of premodern sex will be blocked in their understanding if they use terms and concepts applicable to sexuality since the late nineteenth century, and modern commentators will never know their subject without a deeper comprehension of sex's history.

The Lesbian Premodern

  • Filename: the-lesbian-premodern.
  • ISBN: 0230616763
  • Release Date: 2011-01-11
  • Number of pages: 236
  • Author: N. Giffney
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan



Key scholars in the field of lesbian and sexuality studies take part in an innovative conversation that offers a radical new methodology for writing lesbian history and geography, drawing new conclusions on the important and often overlooked work being done on female same-sex desire and identity in relation to premodern cultures.

Shakespeare Studies

  • Filename: shakespeare-studies.
  • ISBN: 0838637825
  • Release Date: 1998-02-15
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Leeds Barroll
  • Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press



Annual publication including essays and reviews of new books which deal with Shakespeare and his age

Queer Early Modern

  • Filename: queer-early-modern.
  • ISBN: 9780822387169
  • Release Date: 2005-12-26
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Author: Carla Freccero
  • Publisher: Duke University Press



In Queer/Early/Modern, Carla Freccero, a leading scholar of early modern European studies, argues for a reading practice that accounts for the queerness of temporality, for the way past, present, and future time appear out of sequence and in dialogue in our thinking about history and texts. Freccero takes issue with New Historicist accounts of sexual identity that claim to respect historical proprieties and to derive identity categories from the past. She urges us to see how the indeterminacies of subjectivity found in literary texts challenge identitarian constructions and she encourages us to read differently the relation between history and literature. Contending that the term “queer,” in its indeterminacy, points the way toward alternative ethical reading practices that do justice to the aftereffects of the past as they live on in the present, Freccero proposes a model of “fantasmatic historiography” that brings together history and fantasy, past and present, event and affect. Combining feminist theory, queer theory, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, and literary criticism, Freccero takes up a series of theoretical and historical issues related to debates in queer theory, feminist theory, the history of sexuality, and early modern studies. She juxtaposes readings of early and late modern texts, discussing the lyric poetry of Petrarch, Louise Labé, and Melissa Ethridge; David Halperin’s take on Michel Foucault via Apuleius’s The Golden Ass and Boccaccio’s Decameron; and France’s domestic partner legislation in connection with Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptameron. Turning to French cleric Jean de Léry’s account, published in 1578, of having witnessed cannibalism and religious rituals in Brazil some twenty years earlier and to the twentieth-century Brandon Teena case, Freccero draws on Jacques Derrida’s concept of spectrality to propose both an ethics and a mode of interpretation that acknowledges and is inspired by the haunting of the present by the past.

Sex Before Sexuality

  • Filename: sex-before-sexuality.
  • ISBN: 0745625231
  • Release Date: 2011-09-26
  • Number of pages: 200
  • Author: Kim M. Phillips
  • Publisher: Polity



Sexuality in modern western culture is central to identity but the tendency to define by sexuality does not apply to the premodern past. Before the 'invention' of sexuality, erotic acts and desires were comprehended as species of sin, expressions of idealised love, courtship, and marriage, or components of intimacies between men or women, not as outworkings of an innermost self. With a focus on c. 1100–c. 1800, this book explores the shifting meanings, languages, and practices of western sex. It is the first study to combine the medieval and early modern to rethink this time of sex before sexuality, where same-sex and opposite-sex desire and eroticism bore but faint traces of what moderns came to call heterosexuality, homosexuality, lesbianism, and pornography. This volume aims to contribute to contemporary historical theory through paying attention to the particularity of premodern sexual cultures. Phillips and Reay argue that students of premodern sex will be blocked in their understanding if they use terms and concepts applicable to sexuality since the late nineteenth century, and modern commentators will never know their subject without a deeper comprehension of sex's history.

After the History Of Sexuality

  • Filename: after-the-history-of-sexuality.
  • ISBN: 9780857459381
  • Release Date: 2013-07-15
  • Number of pages: 318
  • Author: Scott Spector
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books



Michel Foucault’s seminal The History of Sexuality (1976–1984) has since its publication provided a context for the emergence of critical historical studies of sexuality. This collection reassesses the state of the historiography on sexuality—a field in which the German case has been traditionally central. In many diverse ways, the Foucauldian intervention has governed the formation of questions in the field as well as the assumptions about how some of these questions should be answered. It can be argued, however, that some of these revolutionary insights have ossified into dogmas or truisms within the field. Yet, as these contributions meticulously reveal, those very truisms, when revisited with a fresh eye, can lead to new, unexpected insights into the history of sexuality, necessitating a return to and reinterpretation of Foucault’s richly complex work. This volume will be necessary reading for students of historical sexuality as well as for those readers in German history and German studies generally who have an interest in the history of sexuality.

European Sexualities 1400 1800

  • Filename: european-sexualities-1400-1800.
  • ISBN: 9780521839587
  • Release Date: 2007-01-18
  • Number of pages: 246
  • Author: Katherine Crawford
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



A pioneering survey of the social and cultural history of sexuality in early modern Europe.

Getting Medieval

  • Filename: getting-medieval.
  • ISBN: 0822323656
  • Release Date: 1999-09-22
  • Number of pages: 345
  • Author: Carolyn Dinshaw
  • Publisher: Duke University Press



DIVHow medieval texts represent and reproduce normative heterosexual identities./div

Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800

  • Filename: literature-criticism-from-1400-to-1800.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015076169591
  • Release Date: 2008-04-14
  • Number of pages: 528
  • Author: Thomas Schoenberg
  • Publisher: Gale



Comprehensive critical coverage of the works of the greatest writers and thinkers of the late Middle Ages, Renaissance and Restoration eras. A cumulative title index is published separately (included in subscription).

Long Before Stonewall

  • Filename: long-before-stonewall.
  • ISBN: 9780814728673
  • Release Date: 2007-07-01
  • Number of pages: 414
  • Author: Thomas A. Foster
  • Publisher: NYU Press



2007 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Although the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City symbolically mark the start of the gay rights movement, individuals came together long before the modern era to express their same-sex romantic and sexual attraction toward one another, and in a myriad of ways. Some reflected on their desires in quiet solitude, while others endured verbal, physical, and legal harassment for publicly expressing homosexual interest through words or actions. Long Before Stonewall seeks to uncover the many iterations of same-sex desire in colonial America and the early Republic, as well as to expand the scope of how we define and recognize homosocial behavior. Thomas A. Foster has assembled a pathbreaking, interdisciplinary collection of original and classic essays that explore topics ranging from homoerotic imagery of black men to prison reform to the development of sexual orientations. This collection spans a regional and temporal breadth that stretches from the colonial Southwest to Quaker communities in New England. It also includes a challenge to commonly accepted understandings of the Native American berdache. Throughout, connections of race, class, status, and gender are emphasized, exposing the deep foundations on which modern sexual political movements and identities are built.

Modernising Sexualities

  • Filename: modernising-sexualities.
  • ISBN: 3039104616
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Number of pages: 286
  • Author: Natalia Gerodetti
  • Publisher: Peter Lang



This book examines constructions of sexualities and their intersection with nation-building between the 1890s and the 1930s. Using the unification of the Swiss Criminal Code as an investigative framework this book argues that sexualities and nation are intertwined through ideas and discourses about boundaries, their maintenance and their reproduction which, in the context of national fears and anxieties about degeneration, impacted on practices of inclusion and exclusion in the national imaginary. The book contributes to emerging debates about gender, sexuality and nation, linking it with literature on eugenics and social politics. Explicitly interdisciplinary, the author examines the regulation of sexuality, gender, age and bodies by using an analysis of the legal, political, medical and -lay- discourses deployed in the discussions of the regulation of sexualities. Resulting are topical chapters on the regulation of same-sex desire, the age of consent and young people's sexuality, the construction of femininity and masculinity, the role of the women's social purity movement, the sexual regulation of -feebleminded- women in the context of eugenics, and the sexual politics of the nation."

Fallen Bodies

  • Filename: fallen-bodies.
  • ISBN: 0812216652
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Number of pages: 300
  • Author: Dyan Elliott
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press



Medieval clerics believed that original sin had rendered their "fallen bodies" vulnerable to corrupting impulses--particularly those of a sexual nature. They feared that their corporeal frailty left them susceptible to demonic forces bent on penetrating and polluting their bodies and souls. Drawing on a variety of canonical and other sources, Fallen Bodies examines a wide-ranging set of issues generated by fears of pollution, sexuality, and demonology. To maintain their purity, celibate clerics combated the stain of nocturnal emissions; married clerics expelled their wives onto the streets and out of the historical record; an exemplum depicting a married couple having sex in church was told and retold; and the specter of the demonic lover further stigmatized women's sexuality. Over time, the clergy's conceptions of womanhood became radically polarized: the Virgin Mary was accorded ever greater honor, while real, corporeal women were progressively denigrated. When church doctrine definitively denied the physicality of demons, the female body remained as the prime material presence of sin. Dyan Elliott contends that the Western clergy's efforts to contain sexual instincts--and often the very thought and image of woman--precipitated uncanny returns of the repressed. She shows how this dynamic ultimately resulted in the progressive conflation of the female and the demonic, setting the stage for the future persecution of witches.

Controlling Corporeality

  • Filename: controlling-corporeality.
  • ISBN: 0813530164
  • Release Date: 2002-01-01
  • Number of pages: 238
  • Author: Jon L. Berquist
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press



Human bodily existence is at the core of the Torah and the rest of the Hebrew Scriptures--from birth to death. From God's creation of Adam out of clay, to the narratives of priests and kings whose regulations governed bodily practices, the Hebrew Bible focuses on the human body. Moreover, ancient Israel's understanding of the human body has greatly influenced both Judaism and Christianity. Despite this pervasive influence, ancient Israel's view of the human body has rarely been studied and, until now, has been poorly understood. In this beautifully written book, Jon L. Berquist guides the reader through the Hebrew Bible, examining ancient Israel's ideas of the body, the unstable roles of gender, the deployment of sexuality, and the cultural practices of the time. Conducting his analysis with reference to contemporary theories of the body, power, and social control, Berquist offers not only a description and clarification of ancient Israelite views of the body, but also an analysis of how these views belong to the complex logic of ancient social meanings. When this logic is understood, the familiar Bible becomes strange and opens itself to a wide range of new interpretations.

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