Leaky Bodies, Bawdy Books: Gonorrhea and Reading in Eighteenth-Century Britain.

Abstract

In eighteenth-century Britain, reading lewd books was understood to exacerbate gonorrhea. That pathology corresponded to a specific physiological model, which historians describe as the leaky male body. This article demonstrates how the connection between reading and gonorrhea correlated to three phenomena: 1) the neuro-sexual economy of bodily fluids; 2… (More)
DOI: 10.1353/lm.2016.0016

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@article{Wagner2016LeakyBB, title={Leaky Bodies, Bawdy Books: Gonorrhea and Reading in Eighteenth-Century Britain.}, author={Darren N. Wagner}, journal={Literature and medicine}, year={2016}, volume={34 2}, pages={320-340} }