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Declan Kavanagh is lecturer in eighteenth-century studies and director of the Centre for Gender, Sexuality, and Writing at the University of Kent.
Introduction: Effeminate Years
Chapter 1: “HERCULES, turn’d Beau”: Charles Churchill’s Satire
Chapter 2: Enlightenment Closets: Publishing Privacy
Chapter 3: Mobocracy: Public Opinion and the Free Press
Chapter 4: Bog Men: Celtic Landscapes during the Seven Years’ War
Chapter 5: Effeminate Aesthetics and Backstairs Politics
About the Author
Kavanagh (Univ. of Kent, UK) presents an investigation into the twilight world of gender/sex-fluid men—referred to as, among other monikers, sodomites, catamites, and mollies—during Britain’s Georgian period. Kavanagh's critical examination of the works of Charles Churchill, Edmund Burke, John Wilkes, and others illuminates the role effeminacy played in shaping discourse of the day. Kavanagh’s embedded thesis is that fluid identity and outré sexual practices of this period challenged the era’s sensibilities and set the precedent for current efforts to broaden gender and sexual categorizations. In this regard, Kavanagh’s book complements extant research on the subject. Kavanagh’s obvious authority on the subject matter qualifies him for inclusion among the field’s most credible scholars.... [T]he book’s value to English history, literary studies, and gender and sexuality studies stands unquestioned. Summing Up: Essential. Researchers and faculty.
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