Genealogies of Identity examines issues of sex and sexuality across a range of critical and cultural perspectives. The volume considers historically specific discourses of sex and sexuality, their effect within public contexts such as the church and the workplace, and the link of those discourses to understandings of individual identity, citizenship, nation, and human rights. As well, the volume analyses representations of sexuality and desire in art, literature, theatre, and theory – representations that serve both to codify and to subvert social norms and aesthetic and theoretical traditions. Finally and more broadly, the volume attests to the critical importance of inter- and multidisciplinary approaches to understanding constructions of gender, sex, and sexuality.
Genealogies of Identity consists of fifteen essays, versions of which were presented at the First Global Conference on Critical Issues in Sexuality, held in Salzburg, Austria, in October 2004.
List of Figures Margaret SÖNSER BREEN with Fiona PETERS: Preface PART I: History, Sex, and Nation Robert D. TOBIN: Kertbeny’s “Homosexuality” and the Language of Nationalism Julia BRUGGEMANN: Prostitution, Sexuality, and Gender Roles in Imperial Germany: Hamburg, A Case Study Susanne DODILLET: Cultural Clash on Prostitution: Debates on Prostitution in Germany and Sweden in the 1990s Ed GREEN: “Staying Bush” – The Influence of Place and Isolation in the Decision by Gay Men to Live in Rural Areas in Australia PART II: Literature: Re-writing Desire Katerina KITSI-MITAKOU: Whoring, Incest, Duplicity, or the “Self- Polluting” Erotics of Daniel Defoe’s
Moll Flanders Karoline GRITZNER: Catastrophic Sexualities in Howard Baker’s Theatre of Transgression Shalmalee PALEKAR: Un-sacred Cows and Protean Beings: Suniti Namjoshi’s Re-writing of Postcolonial Lesbian Bodies Fiona PETERS: Desire-less-ness PART III: Bodies: Representations of Gender Identities Barbara WAGNER: Underneath the Clothes – Transvestites without Vests: A Consideration in Art Tovi BIBRING: Of Swords and Rings: Genital Representation as Defining Sexual Identity and Sexual Liberation in Some Old French
Lais Serena PETRELLA: Only with You – Maybe –
If You Make Me Happy: A Genealogy of Serial Monogamy as Governance Self-Governance PART IV: Legality, Bureaucracy, Religion, and Sexuality Alejandro CERVANTES-CARSON and Tracy CITERONI: A Project for Sexual Rights: Sexuality, Power, and Human Rights Valerie D. LEHR: International Law, Children’s Rights, and Queer Youth Nick RUMENS: Acting Like a Professional: Identity Dilemmas for Gay Men Jodi O’BRIEN: How Big is Your God? Queer Christian Social Movements Notes on Contributors