Theories of sexuality and desire are commonly used in literary and cultural studies. In this illuminating study Joseph Bristow introduces readers to the fundamental critical debates surrounding the topic. This fully updated second edition includes:
- a historical account of sexuality from the Victorians to the present
- discussions of the most influential theorists including Freud, Lacan, Bataille, Baudrillard, Cixous, Deleuze, Irigaray and Kristeva
- a new and extended discussion of queer and transgender theory, race, ethnicity and desire
- a new preface summarising changes in the field since the first edition
- a new glossary, annotated further reading section and bibliography.
Considering all of the major movements in the field, this new edition is the ideal guide for students of literary and cultural studies.