Carpenter, in particular, became well-known in early-twentieth-century British intellectual circles for calmly explaining sexual inversion
, a prominent formulation of same-sex desire, by detailing the spectrum of biological sex and gender characteristics within the general population.
Sabas Aloma was a product of this time period, during which both discourses existed simultaneously, and as such in her discussion of garzonismo the author appeals to both the sexual inversion
and the homosexuality models.
Like Freud, most of the German sexologists, including Lowenfeld, Ulrichs, Hirschfeld, Bloch, and Rohleder rejected the conception of sexual inversion
A final chapter addresses issues of sexuality, suggesting an interesting link between the notion of sexual inversion
and image inversion in photographic processes.
I recently reread Havelock Ellis's 1897 Sexual Inversion
in preparation for writing this essay.
In his 1897 text, Sexual Inversion
, Ellis argues that sexual orientation is "a phenomenon which is based on congenital conditions" (129).
In the 1927 or third edition of Sexual Inversion
, which is the second of the ultimately six volumes and the one first written and published, he remarks:
From Carmilla's female homosexuality, Mason turns to male sexual inversion
and perversion in her chapter on the anonymously written Teleny, or, The Reverse of the Medal (1893).
The story has been read as an important early expression of emergent ideas of sexual inversion
, in which nonnormative sexuality is understood in terms of one sex taking on the gender identity of the other--as illustrated by stereotypes of the mannish lesbian or effeminate male homosexual.
With disconcerting ease, Hall embraced their contentious theories about "congenital sexual inversion
This volume begins with acknowledgments (ix-xii) and an introduction (xiii-xxii) and contains eight sections: "Pioneering on the Theatrical Frontier: Augustin Daly's Early Ventures" (1-30); "A Troubled Republic: Daly and His Leading Ladies" (31-72); "Birds of a Feather: The Queer Theatrical Empire of Charles Frohman and Maude Adams" (73-104); "Through Fairy and Fowl: Civilization by Sexual Inversion
on Frohman's Imperial Stages" (105-42); "A Priestly Acting Pedagogy: David Belasco's Quest for Sexual Knowledge" (143-76); "Drilling Her in the Emotional Parts: David Belasco Trains Mrs.
Exposing domination and same-sex eroticism as the undeclared basis for heterosexuality and sexual normalization in both enslavement and in developing theories of sexual inversion
, my paper moves into the analysis of a much overlooked scene in Jacobs's Incidents--one in which a male slave, Luke, undergoes an extended period of sexual abuse by his male master.