The History of Sexuality: An Introduction Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

According to Foucault, the equating of power and pleasure, and of power and perversion, emerged along four principle modes. Discuss what each mode means and how it came about.

Part 1: Analysis of sexuality.

Part 2: Classification of perversions.

Part 3: Medicalizable objects.

Part 4: Fragmentation and analysis of sexuality.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Foucault's reasons that support his argument that sexual repression is not a historical fact, but rather a modern creation imposed retroactively on the past.

Part 1: What does he say took place instead of repression?

Part 2: How did it come about?

Essay Topic 3

Foucault discusses the circular terms of power. Write an essay describing what he means by power being circular in the following two circumstances.

Part 1: Describe the circular nature of the legal power structure.

Part 2: Discuss how, like the legal structure, power and sexuality are inextricably intertwined.

Essay Topic 4

Describe Foucault's premise that power within a...

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