Orgasm and the West: A History of Pleasure from the Sixteenth Century to the Present

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Can the orgasm be explained in historical terms? An almost incommunicable individual emotion yet also a cultural reality, the orgasm is part of, but also escapes, collective experience. The history of the orgasm is that of the hidden body, of forbidden desires, of flesh constrained by taboos and morality. Buried deep in archives and libraries, the documents that shed light on this physical, sometimes libertine, life are nevertheless surprisingly plentiful and have a surprisingly evocative charge. Robert Muchembled's book ...

Orgasm and the West: A History of Pleasure from the Sixteenth Century to the Present 2008, Polity Press, Cambridge, England

ISBN-13: 9780745638768

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