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, U.S.A, 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)

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Abstract

Effeminate Years skillfully traces the development of modern ideas of masculinity and the political subject back to the mid-eighteenth-century period in Britain to show how the emergence of political agency in Western modernity was shaped by anti-effeminate ideas and beliefs. This monograph is the first to consider how the discourse of effeminacy took shape across the domains of eighteenth-century political life, literary culture, and the aesthetic. It draws upon a vast range of sources, including Charles Churchill’s poetry, John Wilkes’s satire, essay sheets by Tobias Smollett and Arthur Murphy, and Edmund Burke’s early writings on aesthetics and politics. This study queers our understanding of the development of the political subject during the Enlightenment. In showing how the history of effeminacy is also the history of democracy and its discontents, Effeminate Years illuminates those forces that have historically determined political agency. Importantly, the study questions the boundary of the political subject, which is still the basis for debate and argument in our own time.

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
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 Gilmore-Kavanagh
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2016 01:28 UTC
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2017 12:42 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/58294 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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