Libertines and Radicals in Early Modern London
Sexuality, Politics and Literary Culture, 1630-1685
By (author) James Grantham Turner
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Libertines and Radicals in Early Modern London by James Grantham Turner
Book DescriptionA '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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521782791
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 15-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author James Grantham Turner
Politics, Poetics, and Hermeneutics in Milton's Prose, Paperback (February 2007)
This book explores the interconnections between Milton's politics, poetics and prose writings.
Libertines and Radicals in Early Modern London, Paperback (January 2007)
Analyses English sexual culture between the Civil Wars and the death of Charles II.
Schooling Sex, Hardback (January 2003)
How did Casanova learn the theory of sex? Why did male pornographers write as intellectual women? What forms of sexuality emerged in the age of educational, scientific, and political revolution? Schooling Sex reconstructs the vividly compelling loose canon of sexually-explicit literature, in Latin, Italian, French, and English.
One Flesh, Paperback (February 1994)» View all books by James Grantham Turner
This detailed and incisive study of Milton's confrontation with his precursors and contemporaries, establishes him as a monumental but divided figure - torn between radical and conservative mentalities, between eroticism and hatred of the flesh, and between patriarchal and egalitarian conceptions of Paradisal marriage.
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Author Biography - James Grantham Turner
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 Europe: Institutions, Texts, Images (Cambridge 1993).
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