Title page for ETD etd-05042005-163234


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author McCann, Brandy Renee
Author's Email Address bmccann@vt.edu
URN etd-05042005-163234
Title Reading Alfred C. Kinsey: Sexuality and Discourse in Mid-Century America
Degree Master of Arts
Department English
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Hausman, Bernice L. Committee Chair
Collier, James H. Committee Member
Mollin, Marian B. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Women Writers
  • Feminism
  • Kinsey
  • Female Sexuality
  • Sex Education
Date of Defense 2005-04-18
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This project concerns various 20th-century rhetorical strategies for sexual liberation. First, I examine the work of Alfred C. Kinsey through the theories of Louis Althusser and Michel Foucault. In the second chapter I look at Kinsey’s Female volume and argue that he uses the mid-century concern for marriage as a strategy for sexual liberation. Next, I trace the ways in which four female, post-Kinsey writers use Kinsey (explicitly or implicitly) for their own particular strategies for sexual liberation. Finally, my conclusion asks how we can develop an effective strategy for this new century.

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