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Understandings of sexuality and sex education have changed dramatically, and in this collection the authors explore the various texts that were used to teach, to entertain, to sanction and to form a sexual standard for a nation. According to Nelson and Martin, these include a puberty education, sermons on abstinence, medical writings promoting sexual fulfilment, Hollywood comedies about sexual coming of age and picture books validating homosexuality. The essays included here are designed to illustrate the many responses that Anglophone culture has had to such texts for over a century.
CLAUDIA NELSON is Associate Professor of English at Southwest Texas State University and is the author/editor of several works including Little Strangers: Portrayals of Adoption in America, 1850-1929 (forthcoming from Indiana) and our own Maternal Instincts: Visions of Motherhood and Sexuality in Britain, 1875-1925. - MICHELLE H. MARTIN is Associate Professor of English at Clemson University, South Carolina, USA.
Release date NZ
January 28th, 2004
Edited by C. Nelson
Edited by M. Martin
Country of Publication
XII, 159 p.
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