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Sex Museums: The Politics and Performance of Display

Jennifer Tyburczy


Sex Museums is the first book to comprehensively explore what happens when museums display sex. It demonstrates how museum debates about what sex is and how to manage it have been integral to defining the parameters of sexual normalcy and for silencing non-normative voices as they relate to gender, race, and sexuality. The book traces a genealogy of museum exhibitions to examine the influence of display on the history of sexuality and to explore four interrelated themes. First, it treats the museum context (of the nineteenth- through the twenty-first centuries) as a highly influential site in ... More

Keywords: queer, display, museum, performance, gender, race, sex, sexuality, heteronormativity, homonormativity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226315102
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226315386.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Tyburczy, author
University of California