September 13, 2002
Noted Historian Helen Lefkowitz
Horowitz to Discuss Her Latest Book,
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
An Exploration of Sexuality in 19th-Century America
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NORTHAMPTON, Mass.-Helen Lefkowitz
Horowitz, Sylvia Dlugasch Bauman Professor in American Studies
at Smith College, will discuss her latest book, "Rereading
Sex: Battles Over Sexual Knowledge and Suppression in 19th-Century
America," at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Sophia Smith
Collection in the college's Alumnae Gym.
The talk is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "a splendid work of scholarship:
crisply written, meticulously documented, full of fresh material,
shrewd analysis and sound judgment," "Rereading Sex"
tells the story of 19th-century battles over sexual speech, sexual
knowledge and suppression in America, an early version of the
national cultural war that continues to this day. In exploring
topics such as the history of obscenity law, the motives of censors
and the thinking of reform physiologists, Horowitz reveals a
Victorian era both more passionate and more complex than previously
Horowitz's work in American history has explored cultural philanthropy,
higher education, the American landscape and sexuality. In addition
to "Rereading Sex," she is the author of "Culture
and the City," "Alma Mater," "Campus Life"
and "The Power and Passion of M. Carey Thomas."
A reception and book signing will follow the talk.
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