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Published: 15 September 2014

236 Pages

6x9 inches

ISBN: 9780823262526

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The Ploy of Instinct

Victorian Sciences of Nature and Sexuality in Liberal Governance

Kathleen Frederickson

A Fordham University Press Publication

Forms of Living (FUP)

  • This book has an excellent topic: it is "something akin to a biography" of the concept of instinct in the Victorian period.
  • The concept of instinct has serious implications for normalizing and pathologizing sexual identities, but contradictory claims about
  • The study is also a nuanced examination of epic questions about fate and free will.
  • It will be a rich contribution to Victorian studies, sexuality and gender studies, and history of science scholarship.

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