Adultery and impotence as literary spectacle in the divorce debates and tracts of the long eighteenth century

In: Spectacle, sex and property in eighteenth century literature and culture

AMS studies in the eighteenth century

Capern, Amanda L.

Adultery; Marriage separation; Eighteenth century
2016

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Abstract

This essay will examine the origins and emergence of the crisis that engulfed the propertied classes from the late seventeenth century onwards through an analysis of the early legal debates about matrimonial separation and the later bawdy pamphlets and divorce tracts that detailed the promiscuity and debauchery of wealthy men and women and the impotence (both sexual and social) of men whose married lives, when represented as public spectacle, threatened to tear apart the certainties of polite masculinity.

Language
English
Additional notes
This is a copy of an article published in Spectacle, Sex and Property in Eighteenth Century Literature and Culture ed. Julie A. Chappell and Kamille Stone Stanton (AMS, 2016): pp. 197-225.
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342 KB
Identifier
hull:15184

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Publisher
AMS
Place
New York, N.Y.
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