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Libertine Enlightenment

Sex Liberty and Licence in the Eighteenth Century

  • Peter Cryle
  • Lisa O’Connell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Sex, Liberty and Licence in the Eighteenth Century

    1. Peter Cryle, Lisa O’Connell
      Pages 1-14
  3. Disquieting Theories

  4. Improper Women

  5. Spurious Practices

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 248-256

About this book


Sex in the Eighteenth-century was not simply a pleasure; it had profound philosophical and political implications. This book explores those implications, and in particular the links between sexual freedom and liberty in a variety of European and British contexts. Discussing prostitutes and politicians, philosophers and charlatans, confidence tricksters and novelists, Libertine Enlightenment presents a fascinating overview of the sexual dimension of enlightened modernity.


Age of Enlightenment enlightenment Europe gender German German romanticism Immanuel Kant inscriptions Kant knowledge liberty philosophy Romanticism William James women

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Cryle
    • 1
  • Lisa O’Connell
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for the History of European DiscoursesUniversity of QueenslandAustralia
  2. 2.School of English, Media Studies and Art HistoryUniversity of QueenslandAustralia

About the editors

ALAN CORKHILL Senior Lecturer in German Studies, University of Queensland, Australia SIMON DURING Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University CHRISTA KNELLWOLF Researcher, Australian National University, Australia IAIN MCCALMAN Director of the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, and President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities JONATHAN MEE Margaret Candfield Fellow in English at University College, Oxford PETER OTTO Lecturer, University of Melbourne, Australia NICOLA PARSONS Department of English with Cultural Studies, University of Melbourne, Australia MARC SERGE RIVIÈRE Professor of French, University of Limerick, Ireland CHANTAL THOMAS Directrice de Recherche, Conseil National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Lyons, France PATRICK WALD LASOWSKI Université de Paris 8 (Vincennes-Saint-Denis) KATHLEEN WILSON Professor of History, State University of New York, Stony Brook, USA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Libertine Enlightenment
  • Book Subtitle Sex Liberty and Licence in the Eighteenth Century
  • Editors L. O'Connell
    P. Cryle
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2003
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4039-1763-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-51350-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-52281-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 256
  • Number of Illustrations 8 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics European History
    Modern History
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