Secret Sexualities: A Sourcebook of 17th and 18th Century Writings

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Secret Sexualities is expansive in its historical range, vast sources and scholarly research. It contains rare, unpublished, primary material, extensive critical and contextual material by the editor, and refuses to discriminate between issues of sex, sexuality and gender.
The coverage includes:

• extracts dealing with anatomy and medicine

• the cultural construction of eunuchs and hermaphrodites

• famous trials for sodomy and the forgotten victims of the law

• representations of effeminate men, fops and sodomites

• Sapphic texts which portray cross-dressing, mannish women and female husbands

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415139540
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

General Introduction 1
Degrees and Symptoms of the Venereal Disease 15
A Treatise of Hermaphrodites 18
Eunuchism Displayed 21
The Nature of Hermaphrodites 34
The Fall and Great Vices of Sir Francis Bacon 52
Mervin, Lord Audley, Earl of Castlehaven 53
The Case of John Atherton 62
The Trial and Conviction of Several Reputed Sodomites 64
A Notorious Gang of Sodomites 66
The Trial of Lord Duffus for Sodomy 67
Thomas Rodin, Alias Reading, for Attempting Sodomy 69
Trial of William Brown 71
The Trial of Mother Clap for Keeping a Sodomitical House 72
The Trial of Gabriel Lawrence for Sodomy 73
The Trial of William Griffin for Sodomy 75
The Trial of George Kedger for Sodomy 77
The Trial of Thomas Wright for Sodomy 78
The Trial of George Whittle for Sodomy 80
Proposals for Castrating Criminals 83
A Dissertation upon Flogging 84
Mr Swinton Accused of Sodomitical Practices 85
The Wadhamites: A Burlesque Poem 100
A Court Martial 104
The King versus Wiseman 104
A Full and Genuine Narrative of the Confederacy 106
The Trial of Richard Branson 109
Short Extracts 114
Sins of Sodom 121
Mundus Foppensis 124
The Levellers 126
The Women-Hater's Lamentation 130
The Mollies' Club 131
Sir Narcissus Foplin 134
Reasons for the Growth of Sodomy 135
A Learned Dissertation upon Old Women, Male and Female 143
A Genuine Narrative 147
Hell upon Earth 147
Lord Hervey 150
A View of the Town 151
The State of Rome under Nero and Domitian: A Satire 152
The Pretty Gentleman 153
Two Young Gentlemen 158
The Destruction of Sodom Improved 161
Love in the Suds 162
The Latin Epitaph on Bob Jones 168
The Times 169
The Fruit Shop 172
The Man-Woman 177
The Womanish Man 179
A Dialogue between Cleonarium and Leaena 181
A Serious Proposal to the Ladies 182
Sappho 183
Blest as the Immortal Gods Is He 184
The Fable of Iphis and Ianthe 184
Venus in the Cloister; or, the Nun in her Smock 187
Roxana 198
Monsieur Thing's Origin 198
The Unaccountable Wife 202
Letter from a Young Lady 204
The Toast 207
Travels in Turkey 209
The Progress of Nature 210
A Spy on Mother Midnight 212
The History of the Human Heart 215
Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure 216
Tonzenie 220
Catherine Vizzani 222
A Discovery of a Very Extraordinary Nature 234
The Adulteress 235
Glossary 237
Notes 241
Bibliography 249
Index 255
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