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Erotic innocence : the culture of child molesting

Author: James R Kincaid
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Explores contemporary America's preoccupation with stories about the sexual abuse of children ... Examines how children and images of youth are idealized, fetished, and eroticized in everyday culture."--Jacket.

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kincaid, James R. (James Russell).
Erotic innocence.
Durham : Duke University Press, 1998
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James R Kincaid
ISBN: 0822321777 9780822321774 0822321939 9780822321934
OCLC Number: 37806117
Description: xii, 352 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Trapped in the story --
Inventing the child-and sexuality --
Myths of protection, acts of exposure --
Home alone with the adorable child --
Resenting children --
Myths, legends, folktales, and lies --
The trials: believing the children --
Accusing the stars: perversion among the prominent --
Recovered memory --
The backlash, the counterbacklash, the reaction, the resurgence, the return, the reform, the restating the whole thing for clarity --
Other stories, other kids.
Responsibility: James R. Kincaid.


Explores contemporary America's preoccupation with stories about the sexual abuse of children. Claiming that our culture has yet to come to terms with the bungled legacy of Victorian sexuality, this  Read more...


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"There is much in Erotic Innocence that is provoking, annoying, and amusing. . . ." -- James Campbell * New York Times Book Review * "Brave, wise, original, and exuberantly engaging, Erotic Innocence Read more...

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