Amatory Pleasures: Explorations in Eighteenth-Century Sexual Culture by Julie PeakmanAmatory Pleasures: Explorations in Eighteenth-Century Sexual Culture by Julie Peakman

Amatory Pleasures: Explorations in Eighteenth-Century Sexual Culture

byJulie Peakman

Paperback | October 6, 2016

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Encompassing the long 18th century, Amatory Pleasures examines a broad and enticing variety of topics in the history of sexuality in Georgian times. It includes discussion of sexual perversion, criminal conversation, erotic gardens, gentlemen's homosocial societies, flagellation, pornography, writings of courtesans and the world of female friendship, revealing the secret or hidden meanings circulating between mainstream and covert activities of the 18th century. Julie Peakman draws connections between these pieces and situates them within current debates and examines how Georgian sexual activity was integrated from low life and high places, from brothels to palaces. Aimed at anyone interested in gender, history of sexuality, sex, literature and 18th-century history, Amatory Pleasures is an invaluable collection of the work of a key scholar in the field.
Julie Peakman is an Honorary Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, UK, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She is a historian renowned for her work on the global history of sexuality. She is author of Mighty Lewd Books: The Development of Pornography in Eighteenth-century England (2003), Lascivious Bodies: A Sexual Histor...
Title:Amatory Pleasures: Explorations in Eighteenth-Century Sexual CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6.5 × 0.5 inPublished:October 6, 2016Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Bodily Anxieties in Enlightenment Sex Literature 3. Perverse Acts 4. Medicine, the Body and the Botanical Metaphor in Erotica 5. The Eighteenth-Century Erotic Garden 6. Initiation, Defloration and Flagellation: Sexual Propensities in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure 7. Blaming and Shaming in Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth-Century Print Culture 8. Memoirs of Women of Pleasure: The Whore Biography 9. 'The Best Freind in the World' : The Relationship between Emma Hamilton and Queen Maria Carolina of Naples 10. The History of Sexuality Debate Bibliography Index

Editorial Reviews

This book [is] very valuable ... There is revealing work here, on life stories of and by woman sex workers, and erotic gardens ... On botanical sexual metaphors in erotica, Peakman is at her most fruitful.