The Resource Alternative histories of the self : a cultural history of sexuality and secrets, 1762-1917, Anna Clark

Alternative histories of the self : a cultural history of sexuality and secrets, 1762-1917, Anna Clark

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Alternative histories of the self : a cultural history of sexuality and secrets, 1762-1917
Title
Alternative histories of the self
Title remainder
a cultural history of sexuality and secrets, 1762-1917
Statement of responsibility
Anna Clark
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Language
eng
Summary
Alternative Histories of the Self investigates how people re-imagined the idea of the unique self in the period from 1762 to 1917. Some used the notion of the unique self to justify their gender and sexual transgression, but others rejected the notion of the unique self and instead demanded the sacrifice of the self for the good of society. The substantial introductory chapter places these themes in the cultural context of the long nineteenth century, but the book as a whole represents an alternative method for studying the self. Instead of focusing on the thoughts of great thinkers, this book explores how five unusual individuals twisted conventional ideas of the self as they interpreted their own lives. These subjects include: The Chevalier/e d'Eon, a renegade diplomat who was outed as a woman; Anne Lister, who wrote coded diaries about her attraction to women; Richard Johnson, who secretly criticized the empire that he served; James Hinton, a Victorian doctor who publicly advocated philanthropy and privately supported polygamy; Edith Ellis, a socialist lesbian who celebrated the `abnormal'. These five case studies are skilfully used to explore how the notion of the unique individual was used to make sense of sexual or gender non-conformity. Yet this queer reading will go beyond same-sex desire to analyse the issue of secrets and privacy; for instance, what stigma did men who practiced or advocated unconventional relationships with women incur?
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ERASA
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Clark, Anna
Dewey number
900
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ16
LC item number
.C52 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sex
  • Social psychology
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Alternative histories of the self : a cultural history of sexuality and secrets, 1762-1917, Anna Clark
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 206 pages
Isbn
9781350030633
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • (OCoLC)1003206113
  • (OCoLC)ybp13397834
Label
Alternative histories of the self : a cultural history of sexuality and secrets, 1762-1917, Anna Clark
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 206 pages
Isbn
9781350030633
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1003206113
  • (OCoLC)ybp13397834

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