Public Wounds: Sexual Bodies and the Origins of State in Nathaniel Lee's Lucius Junius Brutus

  title={Public Wounds: Sexual Bodies and the Origins of State in Nathaniel Lee's Lucius Junius Brutus},
  author={Joyce Green MacDonald},
  journal={Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture},
  pages={229 - 244}
  • J. MacDonald
  • Published 24 June 2010
  • History
  • Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture
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