The Shapes of Fancy stages an impassioned defense of the inherently desirous nature of reading.
The Italian Renaissance was far stranger and darker than many of us realise, and that sex and sexuality played an important role in this unsavoury side of the sixteenth century.
How an Enlightenment philosopher understood the love between his mistress and her sister
Early modern wonder books included stories of people who changed sex as a surprising natural phenomenon.
Sensationalised sexual depravity of the Ottomans was a popular trope in early modern European discourses on the Turks.
How venereal disease was represented in eighteenth-century British literature and art.
Early modern travellers found Sweden’s saunas both exotic and erotic, but local attitudes were more complicated.