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Celibacies : American modernism & sexual life

Author: Benjamin Kahan
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2013.
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In this innovative study, Benjamin Kahan traces the elusive history of modern celibacy. Arguing that celibacy is a distinct sexuality with its own practices and pleasures, Kahan shows it to be much more than the renunciation of sex or a cover for homosexuality. Celibacies focuses on a diverse group of authors, social activists, and artists, spanning from the suffragettes to Henry James, and from the Harlem  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Kahan
ISBN: 9780822355540 082235554X 9780822355687 082235568X
OCLC Number: 840465303
Description: xv, 235 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: the expressive hypothesis --
The long durée of celibacy : Boston marriage, female friendship, and the invention of homosexuality --
Celibate time --
The other Harlem Renaissance : father Divine, celibate economics, and the making of Black sexuality --
The celibate American : closetedness, emigration, and queer citizenship before Stonewall --
Philosophical bachelorhood, philosophical spinsterhood, and celibate modernity --
Conclusion: asexuality/neutrality/relationality.
Other Titles: American modernism & sexual life
Responsibility: Benjamin Kahan.

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Arguing that celibacy is a distinct sexuality with its own practices and pleasures, Benjamin Kahan shows it to be much more than the renunciation of sex or a cover for homosexuality.  Read more...

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"Kahan offers a tour de force set of readings that reveal that it is time to pay closer attention to sexuality without sex. . . . We should never take for granted that celibacy is a way of Read more...

 
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