"Depraved Inclinations": Libertines and Children in Casanova's Venice

  title={"Depraved Inclinations": Libertines and Children in Casanova's Venice},
  author={Larry Wolff},
  journal={Eighteenth-Century Studies},
  pages={417 - 440}
  • L. Wolff
  • Published 28 March 2005
  • History, Law
  • Eighteenth-Century Studies
This article studies a judicial case that came before Venetian law in 1785 concerning a man accused of taking a sexual interest in an eight-year-old girl. The article attempts to place this case in the social, legal, and cultural context of eighteenth-century Venice, and addresses the question of what it meant to prosecute such a case in the late eighteenth century, before the existence of any clear concept of the sexual abuse of children. The article uses Casanova's memoirs as the principal… 

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