A Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities (Blackwell

A better half to Greek and Roman Sexualities offers a accomplished selection of unique essays on the subject of facets of gender and sexuality within the classical international. perspectives many of the practices and discursive contexts of sexuality systematically and holistically

• Discusses Greece and Rome in every one bankruptcy, with sensitivity to the continuities and transformations among the 2 classical civilizations
• Addresses the classical impression at the figuring out of later a long time and faith
• Covers creative and literary genres, quite a few social environments of sexual behavior, and the technical disciplines of drugs, magic, physiognomy, and dream interpretation
• positive factors contributions from greater than forty best foreign students

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According to my colleagues, relying on facts to support one’s arguments constitutes an investment in truth claims, and—as anyone with even a passing familiarity of poststructuralist theory knows—since there is no such thing as an objective fact, my work is empiricist. This intractable problem about the nature of evidence cuts to the core of historical practice, with some historians arguing that without some reference to material evidence there can be no history, and others surrendering any and all claims to truth.

65 As happens with other oppressed groups— women, workers, colonized peoples—lesbian, gay, and queer history hovers at history’s edge, suggesting that the discipline problem has not gone away. More positively, intense queer interest in temporality and historicity is a good indication of the timeliness in reassessing Duggan’s earlier call for lesbian and gay historians to meet queer theory. This meeting has now taken place, but queer genealogy remains indebted to identity practices grounded in resistance and in oppositionality as an act of protest, complicating efforts to mobilize queerness to disturb identity.

My speculations—tentative, provisional—relate to the possibilities of new ancillary practices in the history of sexuality forged out of a productive conversation between scholars whose intellectual interests diverge in purpose yet converge in their recognition of history’s power to enact new futures. his tory a n d se x ua li t y / se x ua li t y a n d his tory / 23 PART 1 The Practice of Sexual History 1 An Uncommon Project The Discipline Problem Reconsidered The emergence of queer theory in the early 1990s posed difficult challenges to the practice of lesbian and gay social history, still largely in a recuperative mode of discovering a hidden past.

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