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Reading Sexualities confronts the reigning practices, priorities, and preoccupations of queer theory and sexuality studies. Looking at a range of texts, from novels to travel narratives to internet porn, Donald E. Hall deftly weaves the theoretical with the literary in order to: * examine the vexed ethical, critical, and political questions arising from sexual consumerism and cross-cultural encounters * read the changing landscape of sexual identity, finding great cause for optimism and enthusiastic engagement * urge readers to embrace a far-reaching dialogic practice as a mechanism for furthering radical social change. Reading Sexualities shows how our sexual desires and bases for identification are being widely challenged and changed. Drawing on hermeneutic theory and the work of Hans-Georg Gadamer, Hall argues that by approaching sexual diversity with openness and humility, we become active participants in the politically urgent process of reading the self through the perspective of the other.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415367868
ISBN-10: 0415367867
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 13mm)
Pages: 152
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Donald E. Hall

Donald E. Hall is Jackson Distinguished Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at West Virginia University. He is a long-time political activist, and the author or editor of nine previous books in the fields of gender studies, higher education studies, and Victorian studies. These include Fixing Patriarchy, RePresenting Bisexualities, Queer Theories, and Subjectivity.

Books By Author Donald E. Hall

Routledge Queer Studies Reader by Donald E. Hall

The Routledge Queer Studies Reader

Hardback, May 2012
Reading Sexualities by Donald E. Hall

Reading Sexualities

Hardback, February 2009
Muscular Christianity by Donald E. Hall

Muscular Christianity

Paperback, June 2006
Subjectivity by Donald E. Hall


Paperback, February 2004