Domestic Intimacies

Domestic Intimacies upends histories of the family, sexuality, and liberalism in nineteenth-century America by placing incest at the center of all of them, arguing that the simultaneous valorization of sentimental family and autonomous individual were constructed in relation to the threat of incest.

Domestic Intimacies
Incest and the Liberal Subject in Nineteenth-Century America

Brian Connolly

2014 | 304 pages | Cloth $47.50
American History
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Table of Contents

Introduction. Liberalism's Incestuous Subject
Chapter 1. Literature
Chapter 2. Theology
Chapter 3. Law
Chapter 4. Reproduction
Chapter 5. Slavery
Epilogue. The Geopolitics of Incest

Appendix. The Theoretical Life of the Incest Prohibition