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Appearances notwithstanding, Foucault's Virginity is not so much about Foucault as it is a series of three linked essays on a portion of the subject matter of his book The History of Sexuality, namely, representative erotic narratives of the Second Sophistic (c. 50-250). Appearances do, however, sell books. Here the title catches the attention while the cover's Renaissance drawing of the smiling, busty prostitute, whip raised, side-saddled upon grey-bearded Aristotle clinches the deal--a fair on...