Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud

  title={Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud},
  author={Thomas Walter Laqueur},
This is a book about the making and unmaking of sex over the centuries. It tells the astonishing story of sex in the West from the ancients to the moderns in a precise account of developments in reproductive anatomy and physiology. We cannot fail to recognize the players in Thomas Laqueur's story--the human sexual organs and pleasures, food, blood, semen, egg, sperm--but we will be amazed at the plots into which they have been woven by scientists, political activists, literary figures, and… 
Gender in translation: how the English wrote their Juvenal, 1644-1815.
A generalized narrative of the history of the understandings of gender in relation to sex is suggested by bringing together developments in cultural sites as diverse as theater and political debate, novels and popular ballads, fashion and biographical compilations, and, again, in the cultural circulation of such gender-based narratives.
The Rise of Sex in the Eighteenth Century: Historical Context and Historiographical Implications
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  • 2012
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Epistemic Gender , Sex Beyond the Flesh : Science , Medicine , and the Two-Sex Model in Modern America
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The Tribadic Tradition: The Reception of an Ancient Discourse on Female Homosexuality
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Liberal Exclusions and Sex between Men in the Modern Era: Speculations on a Framework
A comprehensive and well-researched overview of the current state of the history of sexuality draws attention to the many ways it has advanced and matured over the past decades, but in the process it highlights one central idea that is still regularly reproduced as it was first written a generation ago.
Divine Orgasm and Self-Blazoning: The Fragmented Body of the Female Medieval Visionary
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Sexing the Body: Representations of Sex Differences in Gray's Anatomy, 1858 to the Present
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“So Troubled with the Mother”: The Politics of Pregnancy in The Duchess of Malfi
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Theologizing Gender in the Rothschild Canticles
he song of songs, arguably the most bodily and sexual book of the Old Testament, was especially useful to its medieval readers, not for a theology of sexuality or marriage as one might expect, but
The sites/citing of female sexuality: An Irigarayan reading of Sex positive
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