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Fashioning Adultery
Gender, Sex and Civility in England, 1660–1740

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  • Date Published: September 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521042703

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  • A major survey of representations of adultery in later seventeenth and early eighteenth-century England brings together a wide variety of literary and legal sources, it charts and explains shifts in the understanding of marital infidelity. It examines, in particular, challenges to religious perceptions of sexual sin and the development of a more rational understanding of the causes and consequences of adultery.

    • Fills a gap in the study of the sexual and social habits of late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century England
    • Provides a major analysis of men's attitudes towards adultery in this period
    • Takes a strongly interdisciplinary approach to the subject, drawing on sermons, pamphlets, plays, diaries, periodicals, and trial reports and records
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...anyone who seeks to study the Enlightenment marriage, divorce, illicit sex, or the class/economics grid of fornication--whether social or literary historian--will benefit from this useful study." Canadian Journal of History

    "[Turner] presents in clear, crisp prose a series of tightly argued chapters, each organized around the discussion of a particular source genre...Turner has made an important, original contribution to eighteenth-century studies." William and Mary Quarterly

    "Turner has scoured a wide variety of sources dealing with marital breakdown from popular plays and pamphlets to legal treatises and trial records to support his thesis." Renaissance Quarterly

    "Turner's book is not only an important contribution to gender studies; it also furthers our understanding of the social history and class relations of eighteenth-century England." History

    "An important contribution to our understanding of gender relations within the family. It particularly enhances our sense of men as husbands and lovers during a period that began to see the rising dominance of a middle-class, conjugal, domestic ideal, and provides a valuable addition to the growing historical literature on masculinity." Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies

    "...insightful and compelling...." H-Albion (H-Net)

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521042703
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Note on the text
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction
    1. Language, sex and civility
    2. Marital advice and moral prescription
    3. Cultures of cuckoldry
    4. Sex, death and betrayal: adultery and murder
    5. Sex, proof and suspicion: adultery in the church courts
    6. Criminal conversation
    Conclusion
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    David M. Turner, University of Wales, Swansea
    David M. Turner is Lecturer in History, University of Glamorgan. He was educated at Oxford and Durham Universities, and was awarded the first Past and Present Society Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research, London. This is his first book.

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