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For love or money: The economics of illicit sexuality in English eighteenth-century legal sources and prose narratives


1998 1998

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Abstract (summary)

This project explores the way legal and prose narrative from England's early eighteenth century demonstrates an increasingly middle class repression of illicit female sexuality. Crimes of rape, seduction, bigamy, adultery, prostitution, and lesbianism are represented as potential threats to early capitalism and the modern conjugal marriage, yet they are also manipulated into actually supporting the family and economic units. Middle class philanthropy ultimately shifts the attitude toward illicit female sexuality from one of demonization to one of redemption and reform. Contemporary sources include trial records, newspaper accounts, and prose fiction by Penelope Aubin, Jane Barker, Aphra Behn, Eliza Haywood, and Delarivier Manley.

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Subject
British and Irish literature;
Law;
Criminology;
Womens studies
Classification
0593: British and Irish literature
0398: Law
0627: Criminology
0453: Womens studies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Language, literature and linguistics; Aphra Behn; Aubin, Penelope; Barker, Jane; Behn, Aphra; Delarivier Manley; Eighteenth century; Eliza Haywood; English; Haywood, Eliza; Illicit sexuality; Jane Barker; Legal sources; Love; Manley, Delarivier; Money; Penelope Aubin; Prose narratives; Women writers
Title
For love or money: The economics of illicit sexuality in English eighteenth-century legal sources and prose narratives
Author
Senior, Kristen Hoffman
Number of pages
162
Publication year
1998
Degree date
1998
School code
0116
Source
DAI-A 59/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780591987355, 059198735X
Advisor
Rivero, Albert J.
University/institution
Marquette University
University location
United States -- Wisconsin
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9901738
ProQuest document ID
304434001
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304434001
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