Julie Peakman

Julie Peakman
Birkbeck, University of London · Department of History, Classics and Archaeology

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During the eighteenth century, contradictory theories on generation ran side by side and became increasingly diverse. As scientists endeavoured to ‘tame nature’ under the all-encompassing study of ‘natural philosophy’, they suggested new ways of looking at the cosmos and its components. These theories on generation had an effect on erotica and were...
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Book synopsis: From theories of conception and concepts of species to museum displays of male genitalia and the politics of breastmilk, The Secrets of Generation is an interdisciplinary examination of the many aspects of reproduction in the eighteenth century. Exploring the theme of generation from the perspective of histories of medicine, liter...
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Since 1750, the world has become ever more connected, with processes of production and destruction no longer limited by land- or water-based modes of transport and communication. Volume 7 of The Cambridge World History, divided into two books, offers a variety of angles of vision on the increasingly interconnected history of humankind. The second b...
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A Cultural History of Sexuality presents an overarching survey from ancient times to the present. With six volumes covering 2800 years, this is the most authoritative history of sexuality in all its many forms across Western cultures.
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A fascinating glimpse into the history of sexual perversions and diversions including fetishism, cross-dressing, 'effeminate' men and 'masculinized' women, sodomy, tribadism, masturbation, necrophilia, rape, paedophilia, flagellation, and sado-masochism, asking how these sexual inclinations were viewed at a particular time in history.
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Sexual perversion as an activity or behaviour has been given definite, albeit, changing definitions throughout history, while simultaneously being seen as something fluid and uncontainable. It also has been seen as a social construction dependent on temporality and geography. Yet, seemingly contrarily, it also has been defined as inherent in nature...
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Traditional beliefs about the early modern body were based on ancient theories which expounded a humoral system; this humoral body needed regulated discharges of fluids in order to maintain a healthy equilibrium. These views were still circulating in Enlightenment sex advice literature. With the development of new medical opinion, fresh attempts we...
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Book synopsis: Emma Hamilton (1765-1815) epitomized the classic tale of an eighteenth century woman's rise from poverty to fame and riches using nothing but beauty and feminine guile.
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Autobiographies written by courtesans became a popular form of reading entertainment towards the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth centuries. Their memoirs fit into a corpus of erotic literature which ranged from euphemistic racy tales to explicit pornography. This cache of material created images of female sexuality. Yet th...
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Autobiographies written by courtesans became a popular form of reading entertainment towards the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth centuries. Their memoirs fit into a corpus of erotic literature which ranged from euphemistic racy tales to explicit pornography. This cache of material created images of female sexuality. Yet th...
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Mighty Lewd Books describes the emergence of a new home-grown English pornography. Through the examination of over 500 pieces of British erotica, this book looks at sex as seen in erotic culture, religion and medicine throughout the long eighteenth-century, and provides a radical new approach to the study of sexuality.
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The sexual activities of priests, female penitents, monks and nuns were to become a major preoccupation in a corpus of erotic anti-Catholic material during the long eighteenth century. A multiplicity of books and pamphlets describing their cavortings was published and reprinted, all taking up similar themes. Some of them addressed the debauched act...
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By the end of the eighteenth century, London was awash with all sorts of printed matter, which could be bought from a wide variety of outlets. Part of this cache of reading material was highly erotic, including licentious novels, adventurous travelogues, rude prints, ribald songs and racy poems, and some pornographic. The most explicit material was...
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One person’s smut is another person’s sensuality. Similarly, distinguishing between erotica and pornography has been a topic of great debate among historians of sexuality. Problems with defining the material, to a large extent, result from attempts to fit the material into a cultural and sociological pigeonhole which did not exist when it was writt...
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Erotica developed its own sexual utopias in which landscapes were depicted in the form of a woman’s body. Anatomical details were used to depict these ‘other worlds’ whilst reflecting both classical and contemporary images of landscapes and gardens. Within these erotic settings, the body was depicted in various specifically constructed forms: an ag...
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The ‘violent scene of happiness’ is the result of a repeated indulgence in extreme passion, the dangers of such limitless sexual activity exemplified by the hero’s demise. Here, the heroine, Tonzenie, accidentally kills her footman through sexual over-exertion, assisted by Janneton, her maid, who has dosed him with aphrodisiacs by lacing his food.2...
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Erotica began to play with reports on findings in botany, reproduction and electricity. Although some of the scientific ideas being reported were based on empirical observation and experimentation, others were spurious and wildly exaggerated assertions. In reaction to these claims, new forms of erotica sprang up in the form of scientific satires ab...
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John Cleland’s Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure was a defining moment in English erotica, not just in applying novelistic technique to erotica, but in recognising that flagellation was a method to exploit English sexual fantasies (Figures 33 and 34). Fanny Hill’s introduction to flagellation from Mr. Barville was both painful and bloody. These flagel...
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London was deluged with new erotica during the eighteenth century with an increase in the type of format in which it could be bought and a wider circulation to the country. English erotic fiction, salacious reports of French priests’ trials, short Gothic seduction stories, suggestive poems, bawdy chapbooks, scandal sheets and French pornography cou...
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Book synopsis: A selection of essays providing a broad range of critical approaches encouraging students and teachers of the novel to consider it from a variety of points of view.
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The eighteenth century was a pivotal time for the development of English erotic texts. Not only was there a proliferation of foreign imports but the English home-grown market was expanding. This thesis is a survey of such erotica and it will examine the market and the subject matter in an attempt to understand how this material made the impact it d...
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Book synopsis: For the last half century, Mikuláš Teich has made many eminent contributions to the histories of science, technology, medicine and society. His essentially Marxist historiographical stance has resisted the notion that science is an autonomous entity, and has instead stressed the interplay of the economic, the social and the scientifi...

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Would you like to join me for a talk and discussion afterwards on 'Licentious Worlds. Sex & Exploitation in Global Empires at the Last Tuesday Society.
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