CFP: The History of Perversion, 1650-1850 (1/15/05; collection)

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CFP: The History of Perversion, 1650-1850. Deadline for abstracts: Jan. 15th, 2005

Contributors are sought for a new book on 'The History of Perversion 1650-1850'. We specifically seek 300-word abstracts for articles within the boundaries of history of sexuality which examine so-called perversions; literary, historical fields and
interdisciplinary approaches welcome. Final essays of 10,000 words will be due May 15th, 2005. We anticipate a publication date of 2006.

In sexuality studies of the 1980's and 1990's, there was a contention that discourse produced acts of perversion, and that prior to naming events, such behaviors were unthinkable or unpracticed. This argument tends to bow towards the late
nineteenth-century, the epoch of Krafft-Ebbing and Freud, as the origin of multiple labelling of perversions. Critics of sexuality have noted that, while there were few women called "lesbians" in eighteenth-century fiction and memoir, there
were lots of "Frekes," "Tommies" and "Sapphists."

We are looking for clearly written essays on instances of 'perversion' in literary and historical texts which predate the official naming events of "inversion," "masochism," et. al, thereby complicating the historical picture of discursive
and sexual practice. Preference will be given to eighteenth-century sources, but 1650-1850 is the general range.
>Articles should be sent to:
>Julie Peakman - D. Phil in History, Oxford; Fellow, Wellcome
Trust Centre for the History of Medicine
>Bonnie Blackwell - PhD. in English, Cornell; Associate
Professor of English, Texas Christian University
>Julie Peakman (editor) Bonnie Blackwell (editor)
>2 Kings Garth Dept. of English
>29 London Rd TCU Box 297270
>London Texas Christian University
>England Fort Worth, TX 76129
>SE23 3TT

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