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Reading Sex in the Eighteenth Century

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Softback, condtion very good with slight crease on back of left hand corner, pages bright and light. Karen Harvey explores the construction of sexual difference and gender identity in eighteenth-century England. Using erotic texts and their illustrations, and rooting this evidence firmly in historical context, Harvey provides a thoroughgoing critique of the orthodoxy of work on sexual difference in the history of the body. She argues that eighteenth-century English erotic culture combined a distinctive mode of writing and reading in which the form of refinement was applied to the matter of sex. Erotic culture was male-centred and it was in this environment, Harvey argues, that men could enjoy both the bawdy, raucous, libidinous elements of the eighteenth century and the refined politeness for which the period is also renowned. This book makes a significant contribution to the history of masculinity and advocates an approach to change in gender history, one capable of capturing the processes of negotiation and contestation integral to cultural change

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Author(s):
Harvey, Karen
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
8vo
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0521055725
ISBN-13:
9780521055727
Number of pages:
261
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press, 2008
Title:
Reading Sex in the Eighteenth Century

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Softback, condtion very good with slight crease on back of left hand corner, pages bright and light. Karen Harvey explores the construction of sexual difference and gender identity in eighteenth-century England. Using erotic texts and their illustrations, and rooting this evidence firmly in historical context, Harvey provides a thoroughgoing critique of the orthodoxy of work on sexual difference in the history of the body. She argues that eighteenth-century English erotic culture combined a distinctive mode of writing and reading in which the form of refinement was applied to the matter of sex. Erotic culture was male-centred and it was in this environment, Harvey argues, that men could enjoy both the bawdy, raucous, libidinous elements of the eighteenth century and the refined politeness for which the period is also renowned. This book makes a significant contribution to the history of masculinity and advocates an approach to change in gender history, one capable of capturing the processes of negotiation and contestation integral to cultural change

Author(s):
Harvey, Karen
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
8vo
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0521055725
ISBN-13:
9780521055727
Number of pages:
261
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press, 2008
Title:
Reading Sex in the Eighteenth Century

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