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Rather than uestioning what sources can tell us about human sexuality she asks what the discourse about human sexuality can tell us about history This book focuses on published discussions or treatments "of sapphic themes in the 16 19th centuries Rather than using them to try to identify or "sapphic themes in the 16 19th centuries Rather than using them to try to identify or the ives of actual women Lanser Other Side of the Hill looks at how certain public preoccupations with women s sexuality correlate with other historical phenomena preoccupations movements and so forth In essence to ask doarge scale historical patterns have a sexuality that is expressed concommittantly I have nev. In The Sexuality of History Susan S Lanser shows how intimacies between women became harbingers of the modern bringing the sapphic into the mainstream of some of the most significant events in Western Europe Ideas about female same sex relations became a focal point for intellectual and cultural contests between authority for intellectual and cultural contests between authority iberty power and difference desire and duty mobility and change order and governance Lanser explores the ways in which a historically spec. ,
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Er had formal training in the theoretical framework of historiography so my reaction to theoretical terminology and argumentation sometimes hits a breaking point where I find myself asking Is this genuinely the technical terminology of a specialized field or is it obfuscating gobbledygook meant to disguise the completely speculative nature of the arguments OK I usually phrase it a bit pithily But I find Lanser s writing though dense and theory heavy relatively easy to follow I d never call this a relaxing beach book but I do think It S Accessible To s accessible to non specialist who has a basic familiarity with the dialect of academic historians. Ific interest in esbians intersected with and stimulated systemic concerns that would seem to intersected with and stimulated systemic concerns that would seem to ittle to do with sexuality Departing from the prevailing trend of ueer reading whereby scholars ferret out hidden content in “closeted” texts Lanser situates overtly
Erotic Representations Within Widerrepresentations within wider of interest The Sexuality of History shows that just as we can understand sexuality by studying the past so too can we understand the past by studying sexualit.