On the unsteadiness of sexual truth in eighteenth-century France

Cryle, Peter (2011). On the unsteadiness of sexual truth in eighteenth-century France. In Kate Fisher and Sarah Toulalan (Ed.), Bodies, sex and desire from the renaissance to the present (pp. 168-180) Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Author Cryle, Peter
Title of chapter On the unsteadiness of sexual truth in eighteenth-century France
Title of book Bodies, sex and desire from the renaissance to the present
Place of Publication Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Open Access Status
Series Genders and Sexualities in History
ISBN 0230283683
9780230283688
Editor Kate Fisher
Sarah Toulalan
Chapter number 9
Start page 168
End page 180
Total pages 13
Total chapters 12
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This chapter will seek to contribute to an intellectual history of 'sexuality'. The key word is marked with inverted commas since I shall not be speaking of sexuality as if it were something that transcended historical circumstance. My aim here is to contribute to a history of thought in the sense in which Foucault and others use that term. A history of thought entails identifying the assumptions which, in a given period, helped to establish what questions were worth asking, and what things counted as knowledge. The time and place I shall focus on is eighteenth-century France, and I shall in fact find myself talking about eighteenth-century notions that bear a resemblance to modern sexual pathologies such as frigidity and impotence. But my aim throughout will be to hold those notions apart from modern ways of thinking, in order to mark their historical distinctiveness. [Introduction extract]
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