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Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America, 3rd edition by John D’Emilio and Estelle B. Freedman, and: Documenting Intimate Matters: Primary Sources for a History of Sexuality in America ed. by Thomas A. Foster (review)

Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America, 3rd edition by John D’Emilio and Estelle B.... Book Reviews{ 605 Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America, 3rd edition john d'emilio and estelle b. freedman Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012 536 pp. Documenting Intimate Matters: Primary Sources for a History of Sexuality in America Edited by thomas a. foster, foreword by john d'emilio and estelle b. freedman Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012 256 pp. When the first edition of Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America appeared in 1988, one reviewer called it "the most comprehensive history of American sexuality to date" (Taylor 461). Twenty-five years later, the scope of the project is still ambitious, and its central tenet--that a complex nexus of economic, political, and social factors has informed the evolving discourses and practices of sexuality in the United Sates-- remains widely accepted. The argument that sexual meaning is culturally defined and historically contextualized not only persists but has produced a broad, interdisciplinary study of the production of sexuality's various meanings. The complexity of sexuality and the wide variety of factors contributing to its evolution illustrate the near impossibility of D'Emilio and Freedman's task. Since the book's original publication, the interdisciplinary field of sexuality studies has grown exponentially. Innumerable volumes http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Literature University of North Carolina Press

Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America, 3rd edition by John D’Emilio and Estelle B. Freedman, and: Documenting Intimate Matters: Primary Sources for a History of Sexuality in America ed. by Thomas A. Foster (review)

Early American Literature , Volume 50 (2) – Jun 21, 2015

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Book Reviews{ 605 Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America, 3rd edition john d'emilio and estelle b. freedman Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012 536 pp. Documenting Intimate Matters: Primary Sources for a History of Sexuality in America Edited by thomas a. foster, foreword by john d'emilio and estelle b. freedman Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012 256 pp. When the first edition of Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America appeared in 1988, one reviewer called it "the most comprehensive history of American sexuality to date" (Taylor 461). Twenty-five years later, the scope of the project is still ambitious, and its central tenet--that a complex nexus of economic, political, and social factors has informed the evolving discourses and practices of sexuality in the United Sates-- remains widely accepted. The argument that sexual meaning is culturally defined and historically contextualized not only persists but has produced a broad, interdisciplinary study of the production of sexuality's various meanings. The complexity of sexuality and the wide variety of factors contributing to its evolution illustrate the near impossibility of D'Emilio and Freedman's task. Since the book's original publication, the interdisciplinary field of sexuality studies has grown exponentially. Innumerable volumes

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Early American LiteratureUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jun 21, 2015

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