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Margaret Anne Doody

5 August 1993
The Culture of Sensibility: Sex and Society in 18th-century Britain 
by G.J. Barker-Benfield.
Chicago, 520 pp., £39.95, October 1992, 0 226 03713 4
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Eighteenth-Century Sensibility and the Novel: The Senses in Social Context 
by Ann Jessie van Sant.
Cambridge, 143 pp., £27.95, January 1993, 0 521 40226 3
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Drunks, Whores and Idle Apprentices: Criminal Biographies of the 18th Century 
by Philip Rawlings.
Routledge, 222 pp., £40, October 1992, 0 415 05056 1
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Mother Clap’s Molly House: The Gay Subculture in England 1700-1830 
by Rictor Norton.
Gay Men’s Press, 302 pp., £12.95, September 1992, 0 85449 188 0
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... obviously an important and difficult concept, a joker in the pack that points to the difficulty of masculinity as a concept. In Mother Clap’s Molly House: The Gay Subculture in England 1700-1830, RictorNorton makes us look closely at the men who broke the rules of masculinity in England in the 18th century. He has some fascinating material about what was going on in London. Molly houses – i.e ...

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