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Effeminate Years: Literature, Politics, and Aesthetics in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Britain

Kavanagh, Declan (2017) Effeminate Years: Literature, Politics, and Aesthetics in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Britain. Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture, 1650–1850 . Bucknell University Press, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, 268 pp. ISBN 978-1-61148-824-1. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:58294)

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Abstract

Effeminate Years: Literature, Politics, and Aesthetics in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Britain investigates the gendered, eroticized, and xenophobic ways in which the controversies in the 1760s surrounding the political figure John Wilkes (1725-97) legitimated some men as political subjects, while forcefully excluding others on the basis of their perceived effeminacy or foreignness. However, this book is not a literary analysis of the Wilkes affair in the 1760s, nor is it a linear account of Wilkes's political career. Instead, Effeminate Years examines the cultural crisis of effeminacy that made Wilkes's politicking so appealing. The central theoretical problem that this study addresses is the argument about what is and is not political: where does individual autonomy begin and end? Addressing this question, Kavanagh traces the shaping influence of the discourse of effeminacy in the literature that was generated by Wilkes's legal and sexual scandals, while, at the same time, he also reads Wilkes's spectacular drumming up of support as a timely exploitation of the broader cultural crisis of effeminacy during the mid-century in Britain.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled keywords: Literary criticism ; Gender studies
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
D History General and Old World
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
J Political Science
J Political Science > JC Political theory
P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PE English philology and language
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English > Centre for Studies in the Long Eighteenth Century
Faculties > Humanities > School of English > Centre for Gender, Sexuality and Writing
Faculties > Humanities > School of Music and Fine Art
Depositing User: Declan Kavanagh
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2016 01:28 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2020 12:23 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/58294 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Kavanagh, Declan: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1938-7327
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