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Genders and Sexualities in History

Female Sexual Inversion

Same-Sex Desires in Italian and British Sexology, c. 1870-1920

Authors: Beccalossi, Chiara

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An examination of how female same-sex desires were represented in a wide range of Italian and British medical writings, 1870-1920. It shows how the psychiatric category of sexual inversion was positioned alongside other medical ideas of same-sex desires, such as the virago, tribade-prostitute, fiamma and gynaecological explanations.

About the authors

CHIARA BECCALOSSI is a Lecturer in the History of Medicine at Oxford Brookes University. She has published a number of articles on the history of sexuality and history of medicine, and is the co-editor of A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Age of Empire (2011) with Ivan Crozier.

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'Chiara Beccalossi's monograph addresses a huge lacuna in the history of European sexuality: Italian sexology in general, particularly the conceptualization of female same-sex desire . . . Beccalossi has provided a cogent and engaging historical review and analysis of the medical literature. Scholars are particularly indebted to her for shining a light on Italian material.' - Vernon A. Rosario, The American Historical Review

'Chiara Beccalossi makes several important and original contributions to the histories of sexuality and psychiatry. Above all, the author provides the first sustained analysis of medical approaches to female same-sex desires in Italy during this period . . . Her archival research brings to light hitherto unexamined documents and discursive trends . . . It will undoubtedly become a valuable point of reference for researchers, postgraduate and undergraduate students in a range of disciplines.' - Charlotte Ross, History of Psychiatry

'Female Sexual Inversion is a very original book that is of considerable interest to historians of sexuality, medicine and the body. One of its key strengths is Beccalossi's critical cross-national approach, which illuminates medical figurations of female same-sex desire, but also offers broader insights into the way in which sexual knowledge was articulated and circulated across national borders. The book also speaks to scholars working in other disciplines, such as literary and cultural studies, where representations of female same-sex desire are of central interest.' - Jana Funke, Social History of Medicine

'This work aims to revise the oversimplification that sees nineteenth-century medicine as a homogenous, monolithic and backward . . . By employing a close reading of medical literature, the author has brought to light and made sense of a huge amount of historical sources.' - Nerina Milletti, Passato e Presente


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction: Female Sexual Inversion and other Medical Embodiments of Female Same-Sex Desires in Italy and Britain, circa 1870–1920

    Pages 3-17

    Beccalossi, Chiara

  • Sexuality in Post-Risorgimento Italy and Victorian Britain

    Pages 18-39

    Beccalossi, Chiara

  • Italy: The Fashionable Psychiatric Disorder of Sexual Inversion and other Medical Embodiments of Same-Sex Desires

    Pages 43-78

    Beccalossi, Chiara

  • Britain: Oblique Discourses Surrounding ‘Lesbic Love’

    Pages 79-113

    Beccalossi, Chiara

  • Cesare Lombroso and Italian Criminal Anthropology

    Pages 117-146

    Beccalossi, Chiara

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Female Sexual Inversion
Book Subtitle
Same-Sex Desires in Italian and British Sexology, c. 1870-1920
Authors
Series Title
Genders and Sexualities in History
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-35411-1
DOI
10.1057/9780230354111
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-23498-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-31368-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 304
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