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The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality through History

by Edited by James W. Howell

 

With entries ranging from Adultery to Virginity and Aphrodisiacs to White Slavery, this massive six-volume encyclopedia explores the why's and how's of sex, love, and culture in Ancient Athens, Shakespearean England, Puritan Boston, and many other significant periods and places from antiquity to the modern era.

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December 2007

Greenwood

Pages 1800
Volumes 6
Size 7x10
Topics World History/Culture
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The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Sex, Love, and Culture volumes cover the ancient world, the medieval era, the early modern period, the colonial and revolutionary age, the nineteenth century, and the modern world. Each volume is cross-cultural in scope and includes alphabetically arranged entries written by expert contributors. Entries cover such topics as customs and practices, authors and works, concepts and institutions, and various other subjects. Thus the Encyclopedia defines love and sexuality in terms of cultural contexts. The volumes are fully illustrated and cite numerous works for further reading. Students will value this set as a source of information about daily life around the world, while general readers will find it fascinating and insightful.



Because the volumes are multicultural in scope, they invite an easy comparison of sex and love across different groups of people. The volumes are fully illustrated and cite works for further reading. Students will welcome this set as a guide to daily life around the world, while general readers will be fascinated by its wealth of information.

Features

  • Conveniently organized into volumes on particular periods.
  • Includes numerous alphabetically arranged entries by expert contributors.
  • Entries discuss authors, concepts, practices, major works, institutions, customs, and other topics.
  • Fully illustrated.
  • Cites works for further reading.
  • Helps students appreciate cultural diversity.
  • Helps students learn about daily life through a topic of popular interest.
  • Supports the social studies curriculum by exploring the history and experiences of different peoples.

Highlights

  • Sex and love are central to daily life and to all nations. Despite the universality of these sentiments, their expression is largely shaped by the cultures in which they occur. This massive set explores sex, love, and culture around the world and across time, raising and answering such questions as the following:
  • 1. What effect did Cleopatra'a affairs with Caesar and Antony have on Roman and Egyptian politics and society?
  • 2. Did the medieval practice of ^Idroit de seigneur^R really allow a feudal lord to claim the virginity of his vassal's wife on her wedding night?
  • 3. Do the sonnets of William Shakespeare really tell us anything about the alleged homosexuality or bisexuality of their author?
  • 4. What advice did the sex manual known as Aristotle's Masterpiece offer seventeenth-century gentlemen on how to improve their own sexual pleasure and that of their partners?
  • 5. Why did the use of nude female models by British art schools become a matter of intense debate in the Victorian House of Commons?
  • 6. How can women use the Internet pornography industry to gain greater control over their labor and the way female sexuality is presented on the Web?
  • The set includes volumes on particular eras. These are:
  • Volume 1: The Ancient World
  • Volume 2: The Medieval Era
  • Volume 3: The Early Modern Period
  • Volume 4: The Colonial and Revolutionary Era
  • Volume 5: The Nineteenth Century
  • Volume 6: The Modern World
  • Each volume is edited by one or more authorities on the era and includes numerous alphabetically arranged entries by expert contributors.
Reviews/Endorsements

Reviews

"Intended for high school and college students, along with the general public, this six-volume set provides an overview of sex, love, and courtship from prehistoric times to the 21st century in approximately 793 entries. Each stand-alone volume includes a time line highlighting significant activities and societal changes regarding love, courtship, or sexuality."—Library Journal

"Each volume is a useful resource, not only for the coverage of sex and love, but also for the portraits it offers of the culture, people, and arts of its time."—School Library Journal

"This encyclopedia brings together an outstanding amount of diverse material on the ideas, attitudes, laws, and practices of sex, love, and courtship in cultures all around the world and through the centuries....The inclusion of Web sites that contain documents and information is an outstanding addition that will be very helpful to students researching these topics. Each book concludes with a selected bibliography, an index, and information about the contributors. The important aspect of the encyclopedia is that a topic such as marriage, divorce, or abortion can be followed through time....[T]he encyclopedia is an outstanding reference source, bringing together a vast amount of information that would otherwise be difficult to find. Although there are thousands of books on sexuality and love in different cultures, this set synthesizes this information for students and general readers. An invaluable resource for college and public libraries."—Booklist, Starred Review

"… this guide makes a valuable contribution to the study of social history."—Lawrence Looks at Books

"Taken as a whole, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality through History offers a fascinating historical survey of a topic that nearly everyone is curious about. While it is a serious and scholarly work, it is also accessible to advanced high school students and general readers."—Against the Grain

"Although there are thousands of books on sexuality and love in different cultures, this one synthesizes this information for students and general audiences."—Booklist

". . . appropriate for large public libraries and academic institutions. . ."—ARBA

Awards

Booklist Editors' Choice 2008 — ALA

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