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By Benjamin Kahan

In this leading edge research, Benjamin Kahan strains the elusive background of contemporary celibacy. Arguing that celibacy is a unique sexuality with its personal practices and pleasures, Kahan indicates it to be even more than the renunciation of intercourse or a canopy for homosexuality. Celibacies specializes in a various crew of authors, social activists, and artists, spanning from the suffragettes to Henry James, and from the Harlem Renaissance's Father Divine to Andy Warhol. This array of figures unearths the various forms of celibacy that experience previously escaped students of literary modernism and sexuality. eventually, this publication wrests the dialogue of celibacy and sexual restraint clear of social and spiritual conservatism, resituating celibacy inside of a historical past of political protest and creative experimentation. Celibacies deals a completely new point of view in this little-understood sexual identification and initiates a profound reconsideration of the character and structure of sexuality.

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