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Response to Review of The Imposteress Rabbit Breeder: Mary Toft and Eighteenth-Century England

I thank Sarah Fox for her thorough review of my book, The Imposteress Rabbit Breeder, and for reading and engaging with it so closely. Drawing on her own expertise of women's lives and reproduction, she has received the book as I had hoped readers would: as an account of one woman's (admittedly extraordinary) reproductive experiencesContinue reading “Response to Review of The Imposteress Rabbit Breeder: Mary Toft and Eighteenth-Century England”

Response to Review no. 478

I thank Sharon Harrow for this kind and thoughtful review. Reading Sex in the Eighteenth Century is intended to engage critically with a substantial chunk of the corpus of current gender historiography for the eighteenth century, in part by providing a critique of the Laqueurian shift from a one-sex to a two-sex model of sexualContinue reading “Response to Review no. 478”

The Independent Man: Citizenship and Gender Politics in Georgian England

In Georgian England, ‘manly independence’ was the most important qualification for political virtue and thus for electoral citizenship. Connoting a particularly English libertarianism, this ‘independence’ infused a man’s political, social and gendered being, and manifested itself in sincere and straightforward forms of bodily presentation and behaviour. Thus, ‘politics and masculinity were inseparable in this period:Continue reading “The Independent Man: Citizenship and Gender Politics in Georgian England”