Peter Coviello - "Tomorrow's Parties: Sex and the Untimely in Nineteenth-Century America" Book Release Celebration
- 4/24/2013 | 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
- Location: Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room
- Event Type: Reception
- Sponsor: English
- Contact: Laurie Holland
- - Open to the Public -
Bowdoin English professor Peter Coviello's book Tomorrow's Parties: Sex and the Untimely in Nineteenth-Century America asks: what was sex before it became the "sexuality" we know it as today, before categories like "heterosexuality" and "homosexuality?"
Through authors such as Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Henry James, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Mormon founder Joseph Smith, the book illuminates the forms sex could take before its seizure by the codings of modern sexuality.
Professor Coviello will discuss Tomorrow's Parties, the relations of literature to queer theory, and, particularly, the curious place of Mormonism in the American history of sexuality.
Peter Coviello is also the author of Intimacy in America: Dreams of Affiliation in Antebellum Literature and editor of Walt Whitman's Memoranda During the War.
Sponsored by the English Department