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Politeness, Self-Mastery, and the Shameful Sodomite: Disciplining Masculinity and Sexual Practice in Eighteenth-Century Britain

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dc.contributor.advisor Brown, Megan
dc.contributor.author Becerra, Jissel
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-19T20:11:22Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-19T20:11:22Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/22413
dc.description.abstract This thesis sets out with the aim of making an intervention in the study of gender and sexuality in the eighteenth century by centering shame in the construction of polite masculinity and sodomy in eighteenth-century Britain. Utilizing key insights from Habermas’ idea of the ‘public sphere,’ and theories of gender and sexuality by Randolph Trumbach, this paper proposes that the figure of the fop and the sodomite, together, became shameful models in their lack of proper masculinity and ‘excess’ of vice. Through this analysis, this paper highlights how eighteenth-century emphasis on manners, politeness, and Protestant morality, and pubic virtue facilitated the renegotiation of the divide between the public and the private as to deny the ‘sodomite’ right to privacy. Finally, this thesis aims to emphasize the disciplinary society that was evolving via discourses of morality and self-mastery, shame, and eventually, public punishments of the sodomite. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Swarthmore College. Dept. of History en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Full copyright to this work is retained by the student author. It may only be used for non-commercial, research, and educational purposes. All other uses are restricted.
dc.title Politeness, Self-Mastery, and the Shameful Sodomite: Disciplining Masculinity and Sexual Practice in Eighteenth-Century Britain en_US
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