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Sex in the archives : writing American sexual histories

Reay, Barry, author.
Sex in the archives : writing American sexual histories / Barry Reay.
Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2019.
xx, 282 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • The lure of the archive
  • Sexual portraits: Edward Melcarth and homoeroticism in modern American art (co-authored with Erin Griffey)
  • Autoarchivism: Alfred Kinsey's informants
  • Promiscuous intimacies: rethinking the history of American casual sex
  • A transgender story: the diaries of Louis Graydon Sullivan
  • Sex in the archives: David Louis Bowie's New York diaries, 1978-93
  • ANONYMOUS and Badboy Books: a 1990s moment in the history of pornography (co-authored with Nina Attwood)
  • The body as amusement park: a quick history of masturbation
  • Queer Baltimore: the photography of Amos Badertscher (co-authored with Branka Bogdan).
The archive has assumed a new significance in the history of sex, and this book visits a series of such archives, including the Kinsey Institute's erotic art; gay masturbatory journals in the New York Public Library; the private archive of an amateur pornographer; and one man's lifetime photographic dossier on Baltimore hustlers. Shedding new light on American sexual history, the topics covered are both fascinating and wide-ranging: the art history of homoeroticism; casual sex before hooking-up; transgender; New York queer sex; masturbation; pornography; sex in the city. 0This book will appeal to a wide readership: those interested in American studies, sexuality studies, contemporary history, the history of sex, psychology, anthropology, sociology, gender studies, queer studies, trans studies, pornography studies, visual studies, museum studies, and media studies.
Subject headings
Sex--Social aspects--United States--History. Sex--Social aspects--United States--History--Sources. Sex customs--United States--History. Sex customs--United States--History--Sources. Sex in literature.
Kinsey subjects
Sex in literature. Sex research history.
9781526124548 (paperback) 9781526124531 (hardback) 1526124548 (paperback) 152612453X (hardback)


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Call Number
520.6 R28 s3 2019
Auxiliary Library Facility - Kinsey Institute