Governing pleasures : pornography and social change in England, 1815-1914 /

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Main Author: Sigel, Lisa Z., 1965-
Format: Book
Published:New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2002.
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Main Author:Sigel, Lisa Z., 1965-

How did concepts of sex & gender, race & class, home & empire develop in Victorian society? Here, Sigel charts the evolution of these ideas through the medium of pornography (PN). She details its prod'n., dist'n., & cons'n. in Great Britain between Waterloo & WWI. Sigel examines how this medium changed over time to explore key questions: How did Brit. society define PN? Who had access to it? What did people make of its ideas? And how did these messages affect sexual & social dynamics? PN offered people a way to make sense of sexuality & its relationship to the world during the transition of Brit. society from an era of radical politics to one of consumer pleasures. Illustrated with literary & visual materials drawn from public & private collections.

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Physical Description:ix, 227 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-216) and index.
ISBN:0813530016 (alk. paper)
0813530024 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Author Notes:

Lisa Z. Sigel teaches history and women's studies at Millsaps College and DePaul University

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