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Itch, Clap, PoxVenereal Disease in the Eighteenth-Century Imagination$
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Noelle Gallagher

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300217056

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300217056.001.0001

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The Pox and Prostitution

The Pox and Prostitution

(p.62) Chapter 2 The Pox and Prostitution
Itch, Clap, Pox

Noelle Gallagher

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the broad range of connections between venereal disease and prostitution in eighteenth-century literature and visual art. It suggests that this period's imaginative conceptions of the relationship between female sexuality and venereal disease were both more nuanced and more complex than a blanket charge of misogyny allows. If the many sympathetic portraits of infected wives discussed in Chapter 1 constitute a challenge to the scholarly commonplace that women were blamed for the disease, then so too do the many neutral, and even positive, representations of infected prostitutes in this period. While some writers and artists clearly did vilify or ridicule diseased streetwalkers, some sympathized with them or campaigned for them; some celebrated them as examples of social mobility, sexual vigor, or physical resilience.

Keywords:   venereal disease, eighteenth century, prostitutes, prostitution, female sexuality, sexual vigor

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