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Author Taylor, Gary, 1953-

Title Castration : an abbreviated history of western manhood / Gary Taylor
Published New York : Routledge, 2000


Description 1 online resource (307 pages)
Contents Chapter WDMM? -- chapter 21 Contest of Texts Christianity, Freudianity, Humanism -- chapter 33 Contest of Males The Power of Eunuchs -- chapter 49 Contest of Organs Genital Plural -- chapter 63 Contest of Gods Dream Divination -- chapter 85 Contest of Reproductions The Rise of the Penis, the Fall of the Scrotum -- chapter 111 Contest of Genders Castrating Women -- chapter 133 Contest of Races Castrated White Men -- chapter 145 Contest of Kinds Confusing Categories -- chapter 159 Contest of Signs Branded and Domesticated Male Animals -- chapter 185 Contest of Times What Would Jesus Do? -- chapter t f m -- chapter 235 Appendix Thomas Middleton and A Game at Chess -- chapter 245 Acknowledgments
Summary "Castration is a history of the meaning, function, and act of castration from its place in the words of Jesus in the Gospel According to Matthew and the early Church - where Augustine and the Fathers shaped the basic philosophic concepts of sexuality and chastity - to its secular reinvention in the Renaissance and its twentieth-century position at the core of psychoanalysis." "Taylor connects castration to the ancient (and continuing) human drive to re-engineer our own biology. In the medieval love story of Abelard and Heloise a violent castration makes Abelard a better theologian. In the year 2000 a sterile but otherwise functioning man is a boon to the woman who desires sex without the burdens of pregnancy." "Ranging from allegory to zooarchaeology, Castration turns an unusual and discomforting topic into a thoroughly enjoyable narrative on man's obsessive relationship to his genitals, his sexuality, and his manhood."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-298) and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Castration anxiety.
Men -- Psychology.
Anxiety, Castration -- history
Anxiety, Castration -- psychology
Anxiety, Castration
Orchiectomy -- history
Orchiectomy -- psychology
PSYCHOLOGY -- Human Sexuality.
Castration anxiety
Men -- Psychology
Psychologische aspecten.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Geschiedenis (vorm)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0203904559