The Economy of Nymphomania: Luxury, Virtue, Sentiment and Desire in Mid-Eighteenth Century Medical Discourse

  • Mary Peace


In 1775 an English translation of a controversial French medical text was published in London under the title Nymphomania, or a Dissertation Concerning the Furor Uterinus. The original text was written by an obscure French doctor, M. D. T. Bienville, and was first published in Amsterdam in 1771. The English translation was the work of Edward Sloane Wilmot, and it is with this edition and the British context into which it appeared that I will principally be concerned in this essay.


Eighteenth Century Medical Discourse Luxury Item Nervous Model Female Desire 
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