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    Prostitution and eighteenth-century culture: sex, commerce and morality

    Lewis, Ann and Ellis, M., eds. (2012) Prostitution and eighteenth-century culture: sex, commerce and morality. London, UK: Pickering & Chatto. ISBN 9781848931343.

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    Book synopsis: Prostitutes and prostitution were notoriously visible in eighteenth-century culture. Commonly understood as an indication of the moral temperature of society, the period saw profound changes in the way prostitution was represented in literary and visual culture. This collection of essays focuses on the variety of ways in which those involved in the sex trade – from courtesans and kept women to actresses and streetwalkers – were represented in the literary and popular culture of the time, across different art forms and highlighting contradictory interpretations.


    Item Type: Book
    Additional Information: Table of Contents. Introduction: Venal Bodies – Prostitutes and Eighteenth-Century Culture, Markman Ellis and Ann Lewis; Part I: (Auto)Biographical and Classificatory Fictions: Madams, Courtesans, Whores 1 Classifying the Prostitute in Eighteenth-Century France, Ann Lewis; 2 Confessions of an Eighteenth-Century Madame: Marie-Madeleine Dossement and her Brothel, Kathryn Norberg; 3 ‘All the World Knows Her Storie’: Aphra Behn and the Duchess of Mazarin (1646–99), Claudine van Hensbergen; 4 Marie Petit’s Persian Adventure (1705–8): The Eastward Travels of a French ‘Concubine’, Katherine MacDonald; 5 ‘A First-Rate Whore’: Prostitution and Empowerment in the Early Eighteenth Century, Lena Olsson. Part II: Visibility & Theatricality: Fiction, Image and Performance 6 Prostitutes and Erotic Performances in Eighteenth-Century Paris, Thomas Wynn; 7 Visible Prostitutes: Mandeville, Hogarth and ‘A Harlot’s Progress’, Charlotte Grant; 8 The Making of Candide’s Paquette, Edward Langille; 9 The Prostitute as Neo-Manager: Sade’s Juliette and the 'New' Spirit of Capitalism, Olivier Delers. Part III: The Magdalen House: Marriage, Motherhood, Social Reintegration 10 Asylum, Reformatory or Penitentiary? Secular Sentiments vs Proto-Evangelical Religion in The Histories of Some of the Penitents in the Magdalen House (1760), Mary Peace; 11 Mothers and Others: Sexuality and Maternity in Eighteenth-Century Prostitution Narratives, Jennie Batchelor. Part IV: Wider Perspectives: Constructing the Prostitute in Social History 12 Making a Living by ‘Indecency’: Life Stories of Prostitutes in Christiania, Norway, Johanne Bergkvist; 13 Male Prostitution in Traditional and Modern Sexual Systems, Randolph Trumbach.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Prostitutes and prostitution, eighteenth-century history culture, English literature, French literature, gender studies
    School: School of Arts > Cultures and Languages (to 2020)
    Depositing User: Ann Lewis
    Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2013 09:29
    Last Modified: 30 Oct 2014 10:54


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