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First Name
Alison M.
Last Name
Western Sydney University
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History of medicine; historical theory; history of sexuality; history of European psychiatry; long history of the sexes
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About Me

I am a conceptual and intellectual historian of medicine at Western Sydney University in Australia. I have published widely in the field of history of modern European psychiatry and the long history of sexuality, with other areas of expertise in the history of medicine and health, historiography, World War Two historiographic debates, and the history of European medical ideas about digestion and excrement. My books include:

Recent media include:

Recent Publications

The Historical Sexes. In Howard Chiang (ed.), Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History (Farmington Hills, MI: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2018), 671-677.

Contextualising the Gut-Brain Axis in History and Culture, (first author) co-authored with Manon Mathias and Jørgen Valeur. Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease 29, November 2018. In press.

Coprophagy in Nineteenth-Century Psychiatry, Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease, Volume 29, November 2018. In press. DOI: 10.1080/16512235.2018.1535737.

The Gut Feelings of Medical Culture, co-authored with Manon Mathias. In Manon Mathias and Alison M. Moore (eds), Gut Feeling and Digestive Health in Nineteenth-Century Literature, History and Culture (New York: Palgrave, 2018), 1-14.

Situating the Anal Freud in Nineteenth-Century Imaginaries of Excrement and Colonial Primitivity. In Manon Mathias and Alison M. Moore (eds), Gut Feeling and Digestive Health in Nineteenth-Century Literature, History and Culture (New York: Palgrave, 2018), 55-84.

Victorian Medicine Was Not Responsible for Repressing the Clitoris: Rethinking Homology in the Long History of Women’s Genital Anatomy. Signs: The Journal of Women in Culture and Society 44 (1) August 2018, 53-81. DOI: 10.1086/698277.

Conceptual Layers in the Invention of Menopause in Nineteenth-Century France. French History 32 (2) May 2018, 226-248. DOI: 10.1093/fh/cry006.

L’Amour morbide: How a Transient Mental Illness Became Defunct. Intellectual History Review, November 2017, 1-22. DOI: 10.1080/17496977.2017.1374078.

Historicising Historical Theory’s History of Cultural Historiography. Cosmos & History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 12 (1), 2016, 257-291.

Androgyny, Perversion and Evolutionary Pasts in Interwar Sexuality: Freud, Marañon, Bonaparte. In Kate Fisher and Rebecca Langlands (eds), Sex, Knowledge, and Receptions of the Past (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), 220-242.

The Spectacular Anus of Joseph Pujol: Recovering the Pétomane’s Unique Historic Context. French Cultural Studies 24 (1), February 2013, 27-43.

Frigidity at the Fin-de-Siècle, a Slippery and Capacious Concept, co-authored with Peter Cryle, Journal of the History of Sexuality 19 (2) May 2010, 243-261.

Rethinking Gendered Perversion and Degeneration in Visions of Sadism and Masochism, 1886-1930. Journal of the History of Sexuality 18 (1), January 2009, 138-157.

Fin de Siècle Sexuality and Excretion. In Peter Cryle and Christopher Forth (eds.), Fin de Siècle Sexuality: The Making of a Central Problem (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2008), 125-139.

Sexualités, identités, nationalismes. In François Rouquet, Fabrice Virgili, Danièle Voldman (eds.), Amours, guerres et sexualité, 1914-1945 (Paris: Gallimard, 2007), 18-25.

History, Memory and Trauma in Photography of the Tondues: visuality of the Vichy past through the silent image of women. Gender and History 17 (3), November 2005, 657-681.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
England, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
1, 4, 5, 8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Food History, Gender, Genocide, Holocaust & Nazi Persecution, Medicine, Race, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Women, World War I, World War II