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Kit Heyam, Negotiating sexual content in early modern printed books
26 April, 2018 @ 1:05 pm - 1:50 pm
This paper is the product of an early-stage research project which asks how early modern English writers, printers and publishers framed and negotiated sexual content in books whose subject matter was not framed as titillation. Focusing on the case study of seventeenth-century anatomy books, Dr Heyam will discuss the role of paratexts in this process – as sites of negotiation over the use of a book’s sexual content, which can both frustrate and facilitate erotic appropriation – while also suggesting the potential that this approach offers to explore the negotiation of sexual content in other genres, and thereby to re-situate the early modern reading of sex within everyday life.