The History of Sexuality Sourcebook

Edited by Mathew Kuefler

© 2007

Mathew Kuefler has created a unique sourcebook that crosses all continents and transcends historical periods. Ancient, medieval, and modern voices from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas offer their opinions on topics from love and marriage to patriarchy and censorship while excerpts from religious, legal, political, and poetic texts comment on sex and human existence. Sappho, Mencius, Jesus, Karl Marx, Mahatma Gandhi, and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick all have their say on sex and desire. Roman emperors, Hindu mystics, geishas, Nazis, and the Kinsey Report are all represented in this first of its kind collection. A truly stimulating array of documents relating to all aspects of sexuality.

Thoughtful commentary, questions for discussion, and recommended further readings accompany each excerpt. The Sourcebook also includes 24 black and white illustrations and an index.

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"This volume is a keeper. Courses based on Kuefler will illuminate their audiences and probably win teaching awards too." - Paul R. Hyams, Cornell University

The History of Sexuality Sourcebook

Edited by Mathew Kuefler

© 2007

Mathew Kuefler has created a unique sourcebook that crosses all continents and transcends historical periods. Ancient, medieval, and modern voices from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas offer their opinions on topics from love and marriage to patriarchy and censorship while excerpts from religious, legal, political, and poetic texts comment on sex and human existence. Sappho, Mencius, Jesus, Karl Marx, Mahatma Gandhi, and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick all have their say on sex and desire. Roman emperors, Hindu mystics, geishas, Nazis, and the Kinsey Report are all represented in this first of its kind collection. A truly stimulating array of documents relating to all aspects of sexuality.

Thoughtful commentary, questions for discussion, and recommended further readings accompany each excerpt. The Sourcebook also includes 24 black and white illustrations and an index.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 455 pages
  • Dimensions: 7.0in x 0.7in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    Historians are as interested in sex as the next person. But we soon find this most dangerous subject to be extremely hard to master for oneself—harder still to make accessible to others. I only wish my own awkward start in the field had been eased by a guide half as helpful as Mathew Kuefler's new History of Sexuality Sourcebook. Selecting his texts from diverse cultures and more than two millennia, Kuefler seeks to reach beyond sexuality specialists to historians and their students. Inspired by the 'open-mindedness of thought' that he recommends, he guides his readers through the thickets of theory and interpretation confidently and with plain good sense. His readers will meet Darwin and biology, as well as Marx and Freud, plus a good selection of cultural theorists. His 'Questions for Reflection and Discussion' empower readers for genuine engagement with each document. This volume is a keeper. Courses based on Kuefler will illuminate their audiences and probably win teaching awards too.


    Paul R. Hyams, Cornell University

    Mathew Kuefler has ransacked Clio's closet. Selecting from among the more provocative pieces of her wardrobe, Kuefler has dressed up the muse of history to accentuate her sex appeal. Showcasing old favorites as well as the very latest styles, Kuefler's thorough and thoughtful catalogue of primary sources on the history of sexuality will be an essential reference for students and teachers alike (his questions for discussion make excellent accessories). For all those who follow the fashions of the sexual past, The History of Sexuality Sourcebook is a must-have.


    Steven Maynard, Queen's University
  • Author Information

    Mathew Kuefler is an Associate Professor of History at San Diego State University and the Editor of the Journal of the History of Sexuality. He is the author of The Manly Eunuch: Masculinity, Gender Ambiguity, and Christian Ideology in Late Antiquity and the editor of The Boswell Thesis: Essays for the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of John Boswell’s Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality.

  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgements

    Preface

    Introduction: Three (or More) Ways of Looking at the History of Sexuality  

    Part I: Sexuality as Social Custom

    Chapter 1: Patriarchy

    1. The So-Called Venus of Willendorf
    2. Akkadian Hymn to Ishtar
    3. The Legend of Adam and Eve
    4. Satakatraya
    5. The Laws of Manu
    6. Lessons for a Woman
    7. The People of Early Japan
    8. Herodotus on the Peoples of North Africa

    Chapter 2: Marriage

    9. The Code of Hammurabi
    10. Creon's Speech from Antigone
    11. Andromache's Speech from The Women of Troy
    12. The Marriage of Isaac and Rebekah
    13. A Father's Advice
    14. The Ramayana
    15. Poem between a Husband and Wife
    16. Egyptian Marriage Contracts
    17. An Egyptian Married Couple
    18. Augustine's Confessions

    Chapter 3: The Varieties of Sexual Expression

    19. Aristophanes' Speech from the Symposium
    20. Pederasty in Greek Art
    21. Poem of Theocritus
    22. The Chinese Emperors' Male Favorites
    23. The Story of a Eunuch and the Queen Dowager
    24. The Holiness Code
    25. Prostitution as Metaphor
    26. Herodotus on Sacred Prostitution
    27. Pseudo-Lucian on Ritual Castration
    28. Apuleius on Eunuchs
    29. Lactantius on Sexual Difference

    Chapter 4: Public and Private Sexuality

    30. Fragments of Sappho's Poems
    31. Augustine's Denunciations in The City of God
    32. The Rape of Lucretia
    33. Suetonius on Augustus and Caligula
    34. Martial's Epigrams
    35. Shakuntala
    36. Harem Life from the Kamasutra
    37. Moche Drinking Cup
    38. The Tale of Genji
    39. The Diary of Lady Murasaki

    Part II: Sexuality as Ideology  

    Chapter 5: Sex and Human Experience

    40. Japanese Creation Myth from the Kojiki
    41. Peruvian Myth
    42. The Song of Songs
    43. Marriage Hymn from the Rig Veda
    44. Krishna and the Milkmaids
    45. Vishnu as Mohini
    46. Erotic Temple Sculpture
    47. Mencius
    48. The Qur'an on Women
    49. The Qur'an on the Afterlife

    Chapter 6: Sexual Renunciation

    50. The Early Life of the Buddha
    51. The Dhammapada
    52. Buddha and Tara
    53. The Chariot of Mind and Body
    54. Oribasius on the Dangers of Sex
    55. The Book of Wisdom on Sex
    56. Jesus on Sex and Marriage
    57. Paul on Sex and Marriage
    58. Paul on Sex and Marriage, Again
    59. Jesus on Sex and Marriage, Again
    60. Poems of Mirabai

    Chapter 7: The Elaboration of Tradition

    61. The Talmud on Rape, Seduction, and Slander
    62. Maimonides on Marriage
    63. Jewish Marriage Contracts
    64. Early Islamic Hadith
    65. Later Islamic Hadith
    66. Augustine on the Origins of Lust
    67. Jerome's Letter to Eustochium
    68. List of Christian Sexual Sins
    69. A Personified Consanguinity Table
    70. Early Buddhist Legends
    71. The Levels of the Buddhist Heaven
    72. List of Buddhist Sexual Sins

    Chapter 8: Dissenting Voices

    73. Poem of Moses ibn Ezra
    74. A Marriage Dispute
    75. Abu Nuwas on Sexual Choice
    76. A Tale from The Thousand and One Nights
    77. Persian Miniature
    78. A Hindu Writer on Buddhist Sexual Renunciation
    79. Drukpa Kunley's Attempt at Incest
    80. Marriage among the Franks
    81. Poem of Marbod of Rennes
    82. Song of a Female Troubadour
    83. Another Song of a Female Troubadour
    84. The Wife of Bath

    Part III: Sexuality as Identity

    Chapter 9: Puritans and Libertines

    85. Martin Luther on Sex and Marriage
    86. Bernard Mandeville's Defense of Prostitution
    87. The Marquis de Sade
    88. The Code Napoleon
    89. Nafzawi on Physical Attractiveness and Abortion
    90. Jade Scent and Honest Quan
    91. Page from a Chinese Erotic Album
    92. The Mysterious Woman
    93. Marx and Engels on the Family
    94. Han Yi's Destroying the Family
    95. Fidel Castro's Address to the Women of Cuba
    96. The Nazi Family
    97. Letters from Raden Adjeng Kartini

    Chapter 10: The Other

    98. Marco Polo
    99. The Hammer of Witches
    100. The Sexual Customs of Utopia
    101. A Letter from Amerigo Vespucci
    102. Bernal Diaz del Castillo's True History
    103. John Fryer on the Zoroastrians
    104. George Robertson on the People of Tahiti
    105. A Missionary in Tahiti
    106. George Angas on the Aborigines of Australia
    107. Mary Kingsley in West Africa
    108. China and the United States Compared
    109. An Anti-Immigrant Poster
    110. John Gunther on Australia and New Guinea
    111. Image of an African Woman
    112. Communist Sex
    113. Homosexuals as the Other

    Chapter 11: Science and Sexuality

    114. The Problem with Masturbation
    115. Curing Masturbation
    116. Anti-Hysteria Device
    117. Freud on Hysteria
    118. Sexual Excitability and Eugenics
    119. The New Science of Sexology
    120. The Corset
    121. The Kinsey Report
    122. Frigidity
    123. Sociobiology
    124. Scientific Matchmaking
    125. Evelyn Hooker's Research on Homosexuality
    126. Neither Men nor Women
    127. The Hite Report
    128. Nancy Chodorow on Children's Sexual Development  

    Chapter 12: Social Factors

    129. A Woman of Quality
    130. Boy Actresses
    131. An Image of the Floating World
    132. Address to the Magdalen Society of New York
    133. Dating in Nineteenth-Century Cuba
    134. Susan B. Anthony on Women
    135. A Denunciation of Urban Life
    136. Changing Marital Patterns among the Kgatla
    137. Women's Education and Marriage in Japan
    138. Sex in Advertising
    139. Prostitution in Bombay
    140. Dating in Modern Taiwan
    141. Egyptian Women and Work

    Chapter 13: Speaking Sex

    142. Abortion and the Floating World in Japan
    143. The Regulation of Prostitution
    144. A Muckraker on Prostitution
    145. Anthony Comstock and Censorship
    146. The Hays Code
    147. Lynching and Sex
    148. Margaret Sanger and Mahatma Gandhi on Birth Control
    149. Gandhi on Sati and Purdah
    150. She May Look Clean
    151. Men and Women at the Beach
    152. A Drag Ball in Berlin
    153. The Stonewall Riots
    154. Silence = Death
    155. Abortion Arguments
    156. Female Circumcision

    Chapter 14: Sex and Self-Fulfillment

    157. A Poem about Marriage
    158. An Unhappy Marriage
    159. An Ode to Breasts
    160. Rekhti Erotic Poem
    161. Another Kind of Love
    162. Jung on Love
    163. Wilhelm Reich and Sex-Economy
    164. Simone de Beauvoir
    165. Picasso's Couple
    166. Jagua Nana
    167. Helen Gurley Brown on Being Sexy
    168. Advertising and the Invention of Halitosis
    169. The Gay Liberation Front's Manifesto
    170. S/M Sex
    171. A Poem about Bisexuality

    Chapter 15: Sex and the Uses of History

    172. Michel Foucault and the Repressive Hypothesis
    173. The Spread of AIDS and Global Migration
    174. Prostitution in Thailand
    175. Pornography and the Oppression of Women
    176. Islam and Women's Sexuality
    177. Same-Sex Marriage
    178. Other Homoerotic Traditions
    179. Changing Sexual Paradigms
    180. S/M History
    181. Bisexuality
    182. The Men's Movement
    183. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Queer Theory

    Bibliography

    Sources

    Temporal Index

    Geographical Index

    Topical Index

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