Noelle Gallagher Itch, Clap, Pox: Venereal Disease in the Eighteenth-Century Imagination is a lively interdisciplinary study of how venereal disease was represented in eighteenth-century British literature and art. By unpicking the slang, symbolism and wordplay through which VD was usually represented, it sheds new light on a subject which was often shrouded […]
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One 1771 advertisement sought the recapture of an enslaved person known by two names: Cato and Miss Betty Cooper.
Angelica Church lived at the intersection of two revolutions, in a world of dangerous financial speculation, intense political intrigue, and the play of passions between men and women.
Olivia Weisser Furtive trysts. Regretful dalliances. Fleeting affairs. Sexual secrets were nothing new in the 1700s, but confessing them to a doctor became surprisingly common in published medical cases of venereal disease. In one instance, a woman consulted a surgeon for a common reproductive ailment known as “the whites.” She […]
Benjamin Franklin’s dalliances with a cod may not seem particularly notable, given his other exploits.
The American Revolution is impossible to understand without food and sex at its center.
Kelly A. Ryan On January 11, 1779, Nabby Whitmore, a white single woman from Royalston, Massachusetts, confessed to Justice of the Peace Abel Wilder that she was pregnant with a child that “was likely to be born a bastard.” Whitmore told Wilder that the father of her child was William […]