Edited by Regina Barreca, professor of English at the University of Connecticut
Vital Ideas: Sex—the idea of it can capture our intellectual imagination as much as desire captures our physical selves. Ranging from biblical stories to Freud and contemporary fiction, the selections in this volume invite you to think about sex rather than just chortle or blush. This compact, topical anthology will generate exciting and rewarding discussions for college courses in reading and composition, as well as book groups of all kinds. Questions for discussion and writing prompts accompany each selection.
- David and Bathsheba
- To His Mistress Going to Bed
- To His Coy Mistress
- Degradation in Erotic Life
- Helen of Troy Does Counter Dancing
- Taking Off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes
- Girl Advocacy Again*
- Esta Noche
- Love and Trust
- First Love
- For the Relief of Unbearable Urges
*Indicates a selection from a longer work.