Children and Sexuality: The Greeks to the Great War by G. Rousseau

By G. Rousseau

Teenagers and Sexuality discusses the old courting among teenagers and sexuality, and the altering perspectives of child-adult relatives within the sexual area, in a chain of case experiences extending from the Greeks to the good struggle. Chapters supply hugely unique interpretations of those circumstances that problem the obtained perspectives of youngsters and sexuality, in addition to conventional disciplinary conventions. whereas the publication is firmly grounded in historical past and literature, biography and social customized, it additionally engages with present debates in literary and cultural heritage; in addition to the hot heritage and anthropology of formative years

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The seduction of the old (Pater was all of thirty-five when his scandal was brought to light) by the young bewildered the Victorians and Edwardians who saw it less as a branch of criminology than biological and moral degeneration. Their generation rarely framed it as seduction or trauma (Freud made that intuitive leap) but viewed the process clinically as mental action enlisting reason and logic: i. , how could a young person, possessing only a partly developed mind, plot such entrapments? Children of the 1860s had long since acquired an aura of Blakean innocence.

They walked together on idyllic strolls in gardens, younger and older man arm in arm, sipped tea, went on reading parties into the country, slept in the same rooms, as would later be commemorated by the ‘arcadian’ and ‘uranian’ poets among them64 – here were the origins of collegial privilege satirized by ‘Brideshead’ Waugh and mythologized by Waugh’s followers. 65 Jowett never formulated his homology so crudely as this but it roughly amounted to this sequence. Why then, George Rousseau asks, were there not more cases in Victorian and Edwardian Britain?

78 The new process of turning libidinous women into sterile, asexual creatures – a practice circa 1900 sometimes called ‘asexualization’ and not to be confused with sterilization – was being viewed shockingly by some as a remedy to relieve mental imbalance. 24 Introduction How then trust Baden-Powell’s ‘asexual boys’ as an advanced civilization’s way forward? Boehmer demonstrates the ambiguities of his position, while Mark Harrison confirms that these preventative measures were commensurate with Victorian military and medical campaigns to sanitize the body.

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