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Author: Peter Wagner

Title: The pornographer in the courtroom

Subtitle: Trial reports about cases of sexual crimes and delinquencies as a genre of eighteenth-century erotica

In: Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Edited by: Paul-Gabriel Boucé

Place: Manchester

Publisher: Manchester University Press

Year: 1982

Pages: 120-140

ISBN-10: 0719008654 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 18th Century | European History: English History | Cases: Offenders / Francis Charteris; Cases: Victims / Anne Bond; Prosecution: Sentences / Death Penalty, Pardon; Prosecution: Trials / Trials in the 18th Century; Victims: Professions / Servants; Victims: Social Status / Unmarried Women



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Abstract: »This article attempts to shed some light on the genesis and development of trial reports which were printed and read because of their erotic and obscene contents. They constitute a most peculiar genre of eighteenth-century English erotica. These reports covered a wide area, including not only cases of adultery but also the salacious combination of sex and crime, such as rape and cases of sexual perversion. In addition, there were some trials of priests charged with sexual crimes which provided material for pornographic and anti-religious writings.
Within the scope of an article it is obviously impossible to give an exhaustive survey of the whole genre. Hence, the main focus will be on the cases dealing with adultery, around which a vast literature developed, with an occasional glance at a few interestinge cases of 'impotency' and rape.« (Source: Peter Wagner. »The pornographer in the courtroom: trial reports about cases of sexual crimes and delinquencies as a genre of eighteenth-century erotica.«. Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Edited by Paul-Gabriel Boucé. Mancester 1982: 120)

Editions: Wagner, Peter. »The pornographer in the courtroom: Trial reports about cases of sexual crimes and delinquencies as a genre of eighteenth-century erotica.« Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Edited by Paul-Gabriel Boucé. Totowa 1982: 120-140. – Bibliographic Entry: Info

Reviews: Midgley, Graham. The Review of English Studies 36(143) (1985): pp. 465-466. – Full Text: Oxford University Press (Restricted Access)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of England / Georgian era Rape in the United Kingdom: Francis Charteris (rake)