Scandal The Sexual Politics of the British Constitution

Scandal The Sexual Politics of the British Constitution
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  • ISBN-13: 9780691126012
  • ISBN: 0691126011
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr


Clark, Anna


"Anna Clark has pioneered research on sex, scandal, and democracy. Here she shows why scandal is not just engaging, nay fascinating, but how sexual politics is important to power, to political discourse, and the constitution, how it disturbs the fiction of public and private, and how it connects with the contradictions of everyday life-the life that we all live."--Beatrix Campbell, writer and broadcaster, author ofDiana, Princess of Wales: How Sexual Politics Shook the Monarchy "In this original and engaging work, we are shown a series of detailed, gripping scandals and how they were instrumental in shaping the world of Georgian politics and in laying the ground for Britain's move toward a modern democracy. The stories are vividly told-the actors move across the stage in all their flawed humanity. Clark's insights into the reforming of acceptable masculine and feminine behavior and the role of sexual innuendo in struggles for power are particularly original. With the publication ofScandal, all types of political scandal, including those based on or attributed to what current opinion defines as sexual misdemeanors, will have to be taken with the seriousness they deserve, no longer written off as the quaint by-ways of history."--Leonore Davidoff, coauthor ofFamily Fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle Class 1780-1850 "In her fresh and exciting study, Anna Clark reframes a set of well-known episodes in British political history during the reign of George III and the Regency period. Combining political, cultural, and gender history, she demonstrates in superb fashion the importance of scandal, particularly sexual scandal, to understanding the politics of the age. Clark has written a work of originality that deserves a wide readership."--James Epstein, author ofIn Practice: Studies in the Language and Culture of Popular Politics in Modern BritainClark, Anna is the author of 'Scandal The Sexual Politics of the British Constitution', published 2005 under ISBN 9780691126012 and ISBN 0691126011.

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