Solitary Pleasures: The Historical, Literary, and Artistic Discourses of Autoeroticism

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Psychology Press, 1995 - Art - 286 pages
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This text addresses masturbation, exploring both the history and artistic representation of autoeroticism. On the one hand, it is the subject of much popular treatment, especially in sexual self-help books, advice columns and in popular culture. On the other hand, masturbation is still a taboo subject for most people in every day conversation. Analyzing representations of autoeroticism from the 16th century to the present, the study establishes masturbation and related issues of sexual fantasy and sexual autonomy as subjects of importance for cultural history, gender studies, and the history of literature and art.
  

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Contents

Laura Wcigert
19
Kelly Dennis
49
Roy Porter
75
KrnonA RosarioII M D
101
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
133
The Odor of Male Solitude
163
Paula Bennett
189
Lawrence R Schehr
215
Roger Celestin
233
Earl Jackson Jr
251
Notes on Contributors
277
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About the author (1995)

Paula Bennett is Associate Professor of English at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Vernon A. Rosario II is Instructor in the History of Science at Harvard College, and an M.D. candidate at Harvard Medical School.

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