Infamous commerce : prostitution in eighteenth-century British literature and culture /

"In Infamous Commerce, Laura J. Rosenthal uses literature to explore the meaning of prostitution from the Restoration through the eighteenth century, showing how both reformers and libertines constructed the modern meaning of sex work during this period. From Grub Street s lurid "whore bio...

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Main Author: Rosenthal, Laura J. 1960- (Author)
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Language:English
Published:Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2006.
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505 0 |a A "cool state of indifference" : Mother Creswell's academy -- The "deluge of depravity" : Bernard Mandeville and the reform societies -- Whore, Turk, and Jew : Defoe's Roxana -- Fanny's sisters : the prostitute narrative -- Clarissa among the whores -- Tom Jones and the "new vice" -- Risky business in the South Seas and back. 
520 1 |a "In Infamous Commerce, Laura J. Rosenthal uses literature to explore the meaning of prostitution from the Restoration through the eighteenth century, showing how both reformers and libertines constructed the modern meaning of sex work during this period. From Grub Street s lurid "whore biographies" to the period's most acclaimed novels, the prostitute was depicted as facing a choice between poverty and some form of sex work. Prostitution, in Rosenthal's view, confronted the core controversies of eighteenth-century capitalism: luxury, desire, global trade, commodification, social mobility, gender identity, imperialism, self-ownership, alienation, and even the nature of work itself." 
520 8 |a "In the context of extensive research into printed accounts of both male and female prostitution - among them sermons, popular prostitute biographies, satire, pornography, brothel guides, reformist writing, and travel narratives - Rosenthal offers in-depth readings of Samuel Richardson's Clarissa and Pamela and the responses to the latter novel (including Eliza Haywood's Anti-Pamela), Bernard Mandeville's defenses of prostitution, Daniel Defoe's Roxana, Henry Fielding's Tom Jones, and travel journals about the voyages of Captain Cook to the South Seas. Throughout, Rosenthal considers representations of the prostitute's own sexuality (desire, revulsion, etc.) to be key parts of the changing meaning of "the oldest profession.""--Jacket. 
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