Foucault, Michel,Hurley, Robert. (<1988-1990, c1985 ) The history of sexuality /New York : Vintage Books,MLA Citation
Foucault, Michel,Hurley, Robert.The History Of Sexuality. New York : Vintage Books, <1988-1990, c1985 . Print.
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The history of sexuality /
by Michel Foucault ; translated from the French by Robert Hurley.
|Main Author:||Foucault, Michel|
|Other Names:||Hurley, Robert.|
|Published:||New York : Vintage Books, <1988-1990, c1985 >|
|Edition:||1st Vintage Books ed.|
|Topics:||Sex customs - History. | Sexual ethics - History. | Foucault, Michel | Seksualiteit.|
Publisher description (Opens in a new window)
|Uniform Title:||Histoire de la sexualité. English|
|Main Author:||Foucault, Michel, 1926-1984.|
|Physical Description:||v. <2-3 > ; 19 cm.
|Includes:||Includes bibliographies and indexes.
|ISBN:||0679724699 (v. 1)
9780679724698 (v. 1)
0394751221 (v. 2)
9780394751221 (v. 2)
0394741552 (v. 3)
9780394741550 (v. 3)
|Language Note:||Translation of Histoire de la sexualité.
|Summary:||Michel Foucault's 'The History of Sexuality' pioneered queer theory. In it he builds an argument grounded in a historical analysis of the word "sexuality" against the common thesis that sexuality always has been repressed in Western society. Quite the contrary: since the 17th century, there has been a fixation with sexuality creating a discourse around sexuality. It is this discourse that has created sexual minorities. In 'The History of Sexuality', Foucault attempts to disprove the thesis that Western society has seen a repression of sexuality since the 17th century and that sexuality has been unmentionable, something impossible to speak about. In the 70s, when the book was written, the sexual revolution was a fact. The ideas of the psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich, saying that to conserve your mental health you needed to liberate your sexual energy, were popular. The past was seen as a dark age where sexuality had been something forbidden.