Female Sexual Inversion

Same-Sex Desires in Italian and British Sexology, c. 1870–1920

  • Chiara Beccalossi

Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Part I

  3. Part II

  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Chiara Beccalossi
      Pages 117-146
    3. Chiara Beccalossi
      Pages 147-171
    4. Chiara Beccalossi
      Pages 172-201
    5. Chiara Beccalossi
      Pages 202-216
    6. Chiara Beccalossi
      Pages 217-230
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 231-304

About this book


An examination of how female same-sex desires were represented in a wide range of Italian and British medical writings, 1870-1920. It shows how the psychiatric category of sexual inversion was positioned alongside other medical ideas of same-sex desires, such as the virago, tribade-prostitute, fiamma and gynaecological explanations.


Britain Embodiment female sex nation psychiatric disorder psychology

Authors and affiliations

  • Chiara Beccalossi
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for the History of European DiscoursesUniversity of QueenslandAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2012
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-31368-6
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-35411-1
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