Libertines And Radicals In Early Modern London: Sexuality, Politics And Literary Culture, 1630-1685 by James Grantham TurnerLibertines And Radicals In Early Modern London: Sexuality, Politics And Literary Culture, 1630-1685 by James Grantham Turner

Libertines And Radicals In Early Modern London: Sexuality, Politics And Literary Culture, 1630-1685

byJames Grantham Turner

Paperback | February 12, 2007

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This study analyzes English sexual culture between the Civil Wars and the death of Charles II in unprecedented detail. James Grantham Turner examines a broad range of Civil War and Restoration texts, from sex-crime records to Milton's epics and Rochester's "mannerly obscene" lyrics. Throughout, he interprets satirical texts, whether political or pornographic, as an attempt to neutralize women's efforts to establish their own institutions and voice. This exhaustive study will be of interest to cultural historians as well as literary scholars.
James Grantham Turner is Professor of English at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of One Flesh: Paradisal Marriage and Sexual Relations in the Age of Milton (1987) and editor of The Politics of Landscape: Rural Scenery and Society in English Poetry, 1630-1660 (1979) and Sexuality and Gender in Early Modern Eur...
Title:Libertines And Radicals In Early Modern London: Sexuality, Politics And Literary Culture, 1630-1685Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:February 12, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521032911

ISBN - 13:9780521032919

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface; List of abbreviations and frequently cited works; 1. Pornographia and the markings of prostitution: an introduction; 2. Ceremonies of abjection: sex, politics and the disorderly subculture; 3. 'The posture of a free state': political pornography and the 'commonwealth of women', 1640-1660; 4. The wandering whore's return: the carnivalization of sexuality in the early Restoration; 5. Monstrous assemblies: bawdy-house riots, 'libertine libels' and the royal mistress; 6. 'Making yourself a beast': upper-class riot and inversionary wit in the age of Rochester; Epilogue: 'In Bathsheba's Embraces old': pornographia rediviva at the close of Charles II's reign; Notes; Index.

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"Learned and lubricious, the book is witty, exceedingly well informed, and a little bit obscene." Studies in English Literature