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Libertines and radicals in early modern London : sexuality, politics, and literary culture, 1630-1685 /
James Grantham Turner.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
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xxii, 343 p. : ill.
ISBN
0521782791 (hb)
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
isbn
0521782791 (hb)
catalogue key
4636373
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2002-08-01:
This learned study takes as its subject English sexual culture--especially "'pornography' in the literal sense, the sexually explicit discourse of prostitution and its application to social institutions and political events"--from the Civil Wars to the death of Charles II. Organized chronologically, chapters cover a vast array of materials: whore dialogues, rogue pamphlets, legal documents, lampoons, mock petitions, bawdy-house riots, parks and fairgrounds, Skimmington rides and other shaming rituals, and accounts of historical figures like Nell Gwyn and the Countess of Castlemaine. Throughout Turner (Univ. of California, Berkeley) considers women writers (Margaret Cavendish and Aphra Behn, especially) and the role women and gender play in these largely masculine activities and representations. In his final chapters the author turns to familiar canonical writers--e.g., Dryden, Etherege, Rochester. The mass and diversity of materials Turner covers is awesome; but beyond the book's store of information, this reviewer especially admires Turner's scrupulous respect for contradictory readings these materials permit, even require. At every point he resists dogma. Turner's scholarship will be mined by students and scholars in any number of fields--early modern and popular culture, art and social history, literary and feminist studies--and those readers will also discover here a model of brilliance and intellectual tact. Upper-division undergraduates and above. P. Cullen emeritus, CUNY Graduate Center and College of Staten Island
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"The writing is racy and polished, leaping from anecdote to text to archive, and back again...required reading for any student of Restoration literature." Renaissance Quarterly
"Learned and lubricious, the book is witty, exceedingly well informed, and a little bit obscene."Studies in English Literature
"An ambitious and innovative book."Seventeeth-Century News
"Libertines and Radicals is an impressive, suggestive, and elegant work that makes an important contribution to political, cultural, and literary studies." Albion
"Libertines and Radicals is unquestionably a major contribution to our understanding of libertinism in the age of Milton..." Milton Quarterly
"The mass and diversity of materials Turner covers is awesome....Turner's scholarship will be mined by students and scholars in any number of fields...and those readers will also discover here a model of brilliance and intellectual tact." Choice
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A 'Deluge of Libertinism' swept through England in the turbulent seventeenth century: class and gender relations went into deep crisis, and sexually explicit literature took the blame. Bridging periods often kept apart, Libertines and Radicals analyses English sexual culture between the Civil Wars and the death of Charles II in great 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. Turner places special emphasis on women's writing and on pornographic texts like The Wandering Whore and The Parliament of Women, flavoured with cockney humour or 'Puritan' indignation. Throughout, Turner reads satirical texts, whether political or pornographic, as an attempt to neutralize women's efforts to establish their own institutions and their own voice. This exhaustive study will be of interest to cultural historians as well as literary scholars.
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Libertines and Radicals in Early Modern London analyses English sexual culture between the Civil Wars and the death of Charles II. Turner examines a range of Civil War and Restoration texts, from sex-crime records to works by Milton and Rochester. This study will be of interest to cultural historians as well as literary scholars.
Main Description
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.
Description for Bookstore
Libertines and Radicals analyses 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, Turner reads satirical texts, whether political or pornographic, as an attempt to neutralise women's efforts to establish their own institutions and their own voice. This exhaustive study will be of interest to cultural historians as well as literary scholars.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Bridging periods often kept apart, Libertines and Radicals analyses English sexual culture between the Civil War and the death of Charles II.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
Preface
List of abbreviations and frequently cited works
Pornographia and the markings of prostitution: an Introduction
Ceremonies of abjection: sex, politics and the disorderly subculture
'The posture of a free state': political pornography and the 'commonwealth of women', 1640-1660
The wandering whore's return: the carnivalization of sexuality in the early Restoration
Monstrous assemblies: bawdy-house riots, 'libertine libels' and the royal mistress
'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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