SLU Prof's Book Examines Ideas About Children & Sexuality

A new book co-authored by St. Lawrence University Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies R. Danielle Egan is a study of the history of ideas about children and sexuality. Theorizing the Sexual Child in Modernity, by Egan and Gail Hawkes, has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan.

The publishers state, "This ground-breaking work provides the first history of ideas about the sexual child in modernity. Beginning with 21st-century panics about sexualization, the authors address why the sexual child excites such powerful emotions in the Anglophone west. Historical analysis of the past two centuries offers some challenging and insightful answers. Drawing on a wide range of different materials from enlightenment philosophy, medicine, 'social purity' sexual hygiene, psychoanalysis and child development, this book illustrates that current panics have a consistent and fascinating history. Egan and Hawkes strive to progress beyond the current impasse of fear and anxiety."

Egan is the author of the 2006 book Dancing for Dollars and Paying for Love: Exotic Dancers and their Regular Customers and co-editor of Flesh for Fantasy: Producing and Consuming Exotic Dance, also published in 2006. In 2007, she presented the Piskor Lecture on campus, on the topic "Between Angels and the Pathologically Prurient: Moral Education and the Production of Childhood Sexuality." A faculty member at St. Lawrence since 2000, Egan is a graduate of Goucher College and earned the Ph.D. at Boston College.

Hawkes teaches sociology at the University of New England, Australia. She is the author of A Sociology of Sex and Sexuality (1996) and Sex and Pleasure in Western Culture (2004), and co-editor of Perspectives in Human Sexuality (2005).