"This book throws important new light on our understanding of the cultural role of sexology, the would–be ′science of desire′, in shaping ideas of sexuality during the twentieth century. The individual essays are compelling and enjoyable, while the volume as a whole shows the complexity of the sexological endeavour: constitutive and enabling, liberal and conservative, marginal at first and yet vital in the shaping of modern sexual discourses." Professor Jeffrey Weeks, South Bank University, London "This fascinating collection is a vital addition to our knowledge of sexual theory and its consequences." Professor Sheila Rowbotham, University of Manchester and author of A Century of Women "Sexology in Culture will surely come to be seen as a milestone." Times Literary Supplement "The reader gets a rich flavour of source material alongside incisive critical analysis; a productive combination for student, academic and general reader." The Times Higher Education Supplement " Sexology in Culture is an excellent collection of the kind of focused studies that have made the history of sexuality such a dynamic research field in recent years.an admirable collection – informative, well–organized and intellectually stimulating" Chandak Sengoopta, University of Manchester, Medical History
From the Back Cover
Sexology in Culture examines the impact of key writings by sexologists 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? In this volume, 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. Issues addressed include the relation of "sexual science" to the law, government policy, journalism, eugenical programmes, marriage and sex manuals, and literary representation. Other chapters map out new readings of transsexuality and bisexuality, and the centrality of race within sexological discourse. This book will be of interest to all those concerned with understanding modern sexual discourse in its historical context, and will be essential reading for researchers, teachers, and students interested in the history and study of sex.