Overview

Mighty Lewd Books provides a radical new approach to the study of sexuality in an in-depth investigation of the development of pornography. Through the examination of more than 500 pieces of British erotica, it looks at sex as seen in culture, religion and medicine throughout the long eighteenth century, when erotic poems, salacious prints and obscene satires were sold in London coffee-shops, in taverns, on street corners and in various book-shops along the Strand and in Covent ...
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Mighty Lewd Books

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Overview

Mighty Lewd Books provides a radical new approach to the study of sexuality in an in-depth investigation of the development of pornography. Through the examination of more than 500 pieces of British erotica, it looks at sex as seen in culture, religion and medicine throughout the long eighteenth century, when erotic poems, salacious prints and obscene satires were sold in London coffee-shops, in taverns, on street corners and in various book-shops along the Strand and in Covent Garden.

This book explores popular images in erotica: female flagellants whipping their submissive charges; depraved monks corrupting innocent nuns; libertine rascals seducing young virgins; and rakes carousing with their whores. It also analyses the underworld of booksellers and distributors through trial records and witness depositions. Using the evidence of erotica, and taking a feminist approach within a framework of gender history, this book challenges the traditional view that women were generally seen as sexually passive.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Peakman's book is rich with detail and she presents texts that have long been hidden from view. A must read."—Margaret C. Jacob, UCLA

"... well-researched, well-documented, well-argued and coherent... makes a substantial contribution to scholarship."—Roy Porter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230568440
  • Publisher: Palgrave-UK-USA
  • Publication date: 6/24/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Revised edition
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Julie Peakman is at Oxford Brookes University.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Erotica or Pornography? 5
2 The Erotic Book Trade 12
3 Bodily Fluids 45
4 Erotica and Science 67
5 Sexual Utopias in Erotica 93
6 Anti-Catholic Erotica 126
7 Flagellation 161
8 Conclusion 187
App.: A Note on Sources 195
Notes 197
Bibliography 233
Index 252
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