Faculty of Arts


Sexual Histories: Western Sexualities from Medieval to Modern Times

Please note: this is archived course information from 2017 for HISTORY 102.


The shifting meanings, languages and practices of hetero- and homosexualities using examples from the USA and Europe. Topics include: origins and development in early Christian ideologies, images of the body, gender, reproduction and marriage in sexuality, homosexual identities, Victorian ideologies and behaviour, changing discourses of pornography, the modern privileging of sex and the impact of AIDS.

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Availability 2017

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Kim Phillips
Professor Barry Reay

Recommended Reading

K.M. Phillips and B. Reay (eds), Sexualities in History: A Reader, New York, 2002.

Anna Clark, Desire: A History of European Sexuality, New York, 2008.

Kim M. Phillips and Barry Reay, Sex before Sexuality: A Premodern History, Cambridge, 2011.


Coursework + exam


HISTORY 102: 15.0 points

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