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It has come to be widely accepted that “sexuality” as we know it took shape at the end of the nineteenth century. This is when Krafft-Ebing asserted that “sexual feeling is really the root of all ethics, and no doubt aestheticism and religion,” and Havelock Ellis declared sexuality to be the “central problem of life.” The volume examines how the work of making sex the “central” problem was carried out and what resulted from such efforts. It seeks to understand how these habits of thinking about the centrality of sex were articulated, how they engaged with pre-existing approaches to personal identity, and what competing discourses had to be displaced in order for sexuality to become what as central as sexologists claimed it was.

The text includes papers from Elizabeth Stephens, Alison Moore, Peter Cryle, Christopher Forth, Jonathan Marshall, Heike Bauer, Carolyn Dean and Vernon Rosario.

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