Christianity and Sexuality in the Early Modern World: Regulating Desire, Reforming Practice



Christianity and Sexuality in the Early Modern World: Regulating Desire, Reforming Practice
Christianity and Sexuality in the Early Modern World surveys the ways in which Christian ideas and institutions shaped sexual norms and conduct from the time of Luther and Columbus to that of Thomas Jefferson. It is global in scope and geographic in organization, with chapters on Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia, and North America. The volume explores such topics as marriage and divorce, fornication and illegitimacy, clerical sexuality, witchcraft and love magic, homosexuality, and moral crimes. It examines learned and popular notions of sexuality in and outside of Christian Europe, the development of institutions to enforce Christian standards, and the role of class, race, family, economy, and local traditions in shaping sexual behavior.
Merry Wiesner-Hanks sets her findings within the context of many historical fields--the history of sexuality and the body, women's history, legal, religious and gay and lesbian history, and colonial studies--and provides readers with an introduction to key theoretical and methodological issues in each of these areas.
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