The History of Sexuality. Volume 1 The Will to Knowledge - Penguin Modern Classics

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Publisher's Synopsis

'A brilliant display of fireworks, attacking the widespread and banal notion that "in the beginning" sexual activity was guilt-free and delicious, being repressed and blighted only by the gloom of Victorianism' Spectator

We talk about sex more and more, but are we more liberated? The first part of Michel Foucault's landmark account of our evolving attitudes in the west shows how the nineteenth century, far from suppressing sexuality, led to an explosion of discussion about sex as a separate sphere of life for study and examination. As a result, he argues, we are making a science of sex which is devoted to the analysis of desire rather than the increase of pleasure.

'A wealth of insights, original conceptualizations and provocative ideas' The Times Literary Supplement

Book information

ISBN: 9780241385982
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 306.709
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 6515
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 136g
Height: 128mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 11mm