Solitary Sex: A Cultural History of Masturbation

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Product Details

Price
$27.95  $25.71
Publisher
Zone Books
Publish Date
October 30, 2004
Pages
504
Dimensions
6.0 X 9.0 X 1.6 inches | 1.75 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781890951337

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Reviews

Modern masturbation--and this is Laqueur's brilliant point--was the creature of the Enlightenment.... Laqueur's courageous cultural history (and it took courage, even now, to write this book) makes it abundantly clear why for Proust--and for ourselves--the celebration of the imagination has to include a place for solitary sex.

--Stephen Greenblatt, New York Review of Books

[Thomas Laqueur's] writing is free from embarrassment and needless jargon (though it does not shy away from complex formulations of manual sex's complexes)...it should be a big hit on campus.

--Publishers Weekly

A compendious and witty analysis of the subject.

--Jenny Diski, Los Angeles Times Book Review

Laqueur's brilliant study takes this topic in sexual studies--the rise and fall of masturbation as a sexual pathology--and subjects it to the best sort of contemporary historical scholarship, combining historical detective work and detailed explication with a long view.

--Jeffrey Weeks, Times Higher Education Supplement

A superb new volume... it's a helluva ride.

--Emma Tom, Weekend Australian

A long, thoughtful meditation on privacy, solitude, the imagination and what Mr. Laqueur calls 'the morally autonomous, modern' self.

--E. Eakin, New York Times

As a work of scholarly research... Professor Laqueur's hefty tome is without equal.

--Alexander Waugh, Sunday Telegraph (UK)

Deeply learned.

--Robert A. Nye, PhD, JAMA

Enlightening.

--Patty Lamberti, Playboy

[Solitary Sex ] will, it almost goes without saying, become the standard work on the subject.

--James Delingpole, The Spectator

Laqueur argues entertainingly that 'onanism' went on to shape the way that we experience ourselves as modern, autonomous individuals.

--Heather Findlay, Girlfriends

Laqueur is an impeccable historian of ideas... he writes in an elegant, almost mesmerizing prose.

--Davenport-Hines, TLS

Laqueur is persuasive. An engaging writer.

--New Yorker

Laqueur tackles with aplomb what has been called the last taboo.

--Kirkus Reviews

Laqueur's penetrating analysis will fascinate social historians and the intellectual public. Recommended.

--Library Journal

This is no cute 'n' frothy pop-cultural round-up: it's a very scholarly work.

--T. Glyde, Time Out