Invention of Heterosexality by Jonathan Ned Katz
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Invention of Heterosexality
By Jonathan Ned Katz

The Invention of Heterosexality

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Invention of Heterosexality by Jonathan Ned Katz

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"Heterosexuality," assumed to denote a universal sexual and cultural norm, has been largely exempt from critical scrutiny. In this boldly original work, Jonathan Ned Katz challenges the common notion that the distinction between heterosexuality and homosexuality has been a timeless one. Building on the history of medical terminology, he reveals that as late as 1923 the term "heterosexuality" referred to a "morbid sexual passion" and that its current usage emerged to legitimate men and women having sex for pleasure. Drawing on the works of Sigmund Freud, James Baldwin, Betty Friedan, and Michel Foucault, "The Invention of Heterosexuality" considers the effects of heterosexuality's recently forged primacy on both scientific literature and popular culture.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226426013
ISBN-10: 0226426017
Format: Paperback
(214mm x 141mm x 16mm)
Pages: 298
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jonathan Ned Katz

Jonathan Ned Katz is the author of many books, including Gay American History and Love Stories: Sex Between Men Before Homosexuality, the latter published by the University of Chicago Press.

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