Orgasmology - Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies (Hardback)Annamarie Jagose (author)
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Along the way, she examines marriage manuals of the 1920s and 1930s, designed to teach heterosexual couples how to achieve simultaneous orgasms; provides a queer reading of behavioral modification practices of the 1960s and 1970s, aimed at transforming gay men into heterosexuals; and demonstrates how representations of orgasm have shaped ideas about sexuality and sexual identity.
A confident and often counterintuitive engagement with feminist and queer traditions of critical thought, Orgasmology affords fresh perspectives on not just sex, sexual orientation, and histories of sexuality, but also agency, ethics, intimacy, modernity, selfhood, and sociality. As modern subjects, we presume we already know everything there is to know about orgasm. This elegantly argued book suggests that orgasm still has plenty to teach us.
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 526 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 23 mm
"Altogether, I did learn more about orgasms. As a piece of cultural criticism, it is scholarly and carefully wrought. . . . The strength of Jagose's book lies not in the repetition of this romantic position but rather in its careful trace of the human orgasm in social, medical and representational history. 'Seeing' orgasm's trace in this way is quite handy." -- Sally R. Munt * Times Higher Education *
"The diversity of the archival material covered in Orgasmology is the book's greatest strength. Jagose's method is an intricate meshwork of discourses, unified by her focus on the same elusive object. . . . Jagose offers a fascinating tour of the orgasm in the 20th-century. . . ." -- Sand Avidar-Walzer * Los Angeles Review of Books *
"Orgasmology is a frothy series of engagements with the cultural-bodily terrain of orgasm. . . . A good gift for the feminist-studies grad student who doesn't have time for orgasms." -- Ela Przbylo * Bitch *
"Orgasmology itself enacts the discursive diversity and productivity that characterizes twentieth-century orgasm. Eloquently written, and supple and wide-ranging in its argument, the book is bound to produce galvanizing effects on scholars working in queer theory, gender studies and cultural studies." -- Guy Davidson * Australian Humanities Review *
"Jagose's interdisciplinary archive - spanning science, philosophy, the arts, and media - structurally parallels the multivalence of her research subject and offers exciting contributions to the fields of feminist and queer studies. . . . Jagose's commitment to thinking orgasm in terms of a beyond, of elsewheres previously unknown, is compelling, exciting, and inspiring for anyone interested in busting the paradigms, and reinventing the possibilities, of the sexual and indeed the human." -- Ben Bagocius * Make *
"Jagose models the payoff of looking at again, more, differently, or sideways after you (think that you) have taken a stance on something - including orgasms. As I read Orgasmology, I kept pausing to revisit texts and cultural moments that I have long found generative for queer thinking that either looked differently interesting from the orgasm out or from the orgasm revisited with the benefit of Jagose'seye toward history, representation, science, instruction, and politics." -- Erica Rand * GLQ *