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Tomorrow's Parties – Sex and the Untimely in Nineteenth-Century America - NYU Press Scholarship Online
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Tomorrow's Parties: Sex and the Untimely in Nineteenth-Century America

Peter M. Coviello


In nineteenth-century America—before the scandalous trial of Oscar Wilde, before the public emergence of categories like homo- and heterosexuality—what were the parameters of sex? Did people characterize their sexuality as a set of bodily practices, a form of identification, or a mode of relation? Was it even something an individual could be said to possess? What could be counted as sexuality? This book provides a rich new conceptual language to describe the movements of sex in the period before it solidified into the sexuality we know, or think we know. Taking up authors whose places in the A ... More

Keywords: nineteenth-century America, sexuality, queerness, temporality, erotic being, American literature, sexual parameters

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814717400
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814717400.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter M. Coviello, author

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Part One Lost Futures

Part Two To Speak of the Woe That Is in Marriage

Part Three Speech and Silence: Reckonings of the Queer Future

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