Sexology in Culture: Labelling Bodies and Desires

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Lucy Bland, Laura Doan
University of Chicago Press, Feb 15, 1999 - Psychology - 246 pages
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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.

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About the author (1999)

Lucy Bland is Senior Lecturer in Women's Studies at the University of North London.


Laura Doan is Professor of English at the State University of New York.

Laura Doanis professor of cultural history and sexuality studies at the University of Manchester. She is the author ofFashioning Sapphism: The Origins of a Modern English Lesbian Cultureand editor ofSexology in Culture: Labeling Bodies and Desires, among other books.

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