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A Cultural History of Sexuality presents an overarching survey from ancient times to the present. With six volumes covering 2800 years, this is the most authoritative history of sexuality in all its many forms across Western cultures.
Volume 1: A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Classical World
Edited by Mark Golden, University of Winnipeg, and Peter Toohey, University of Calgary
Volume 2: A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Middle Ages
Edited by Ruth Evans, Saint Louis University
Volume 3: A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Renaissance
Edited by Bette Talvacchia, University of Connecticut
Volume 4: A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Enlightenment
Edited by Julie Peakman, Birkbeck College, University of London
Volume 5: Sexuality in the Age of Empire
Edited by Chiara Beccalossi, University of Queensland, Australia, and Ivan Crozier, University of Edinburgh
Volume 6: A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Modern Age
Gert Hekma, University of Amsterdam
Each volume discusses the same themes in its chapters: 1. Heterosexuality; 2. Homosexuality; 3. Sexual Variations; 4. Sex Religion, and the Law; 5. Sex, Medicine and Disease; 6. Sex, Popular Beliefs and Culture; 7. Prostitution; 8. Erotica. This means readers can either have a broad overview of a period by reading a volume or follow a theme through history by reading the relevant chapter in each volume.
Julie Peakman teaches at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her recent books include Lascivious Bodies: A Sexual History of the Eighteenth Century and Mighty Lewd Books: The Development of Pornography in Eighteenth-century England. She has also edited Sexual Perversions, 1670-1890, eight volumes of Whore's Bibliographies 1680-1815 and is currently writing a sexual history of the world.
300 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index