Afterword on ‘compulsory sexuality’, sexualization, and history

Lisa Downing*

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My aim in this short afterword is neither to summarize the chapters of this book and provide contextualization for them, as that was one of the tasks fulfilled by the editors’ introduction, nor to provide a ‘final word’ to the collection by writing a conclusion. Rather, I intend to highlight some tensions, problems and areas deserving further scrutiny that my reading of this book suggested to me, and to underscore how the historical analyses carried out here resonate with contemporary cultural and intellectual debates about sex, gender and the body.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge History of Sex and the Body
Subtitle of host publication1500 to the Present
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781136744280
ISBN (Print)9780415472371
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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