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Rum, Sodomy and the Lash : Piracy, Sexuality and Masculine Identity - Hans Turley

Rum, Sodomy and the Lash

Piracy, Sexuality and Masculine Identity

Hardcover Published: 1st April 1999
ISBN: 9780814782231
Number Of Pages: 184

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Despite, or perhaps because of, our lack of actual knowledge about pirates, an immense architecture of cultural mythology has arisen around them. Three hundred years of novels, plays, painting, and movies have etched into the popular imagination contradictory images of the pirate as both arch-criminal and anti-hero par excellence. How did the pirate-a real threat to mercantilism and trade in early-modern Britain-become the hypermasculine anti-hero familiar to us through a variety of pop culture outlets? How did the pirate's world, marked as it was by sexual and economic transgression, come to capture our collective imagination?

In Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash, Hans Turley delves deep into the archives to examine the homoerotic and other culturally transgressive aspects of the pirate's world and our prurient fascination with it. Turley fastens his eye on historical documents, trial records, and the confessions of pirates, as well as literary works such as Robinson Crusoe, to track the birth and development of the pirate image and to show its implications for changing notions of self, masculinity, and sexuality in the modern era.

Turley's wide-ranging analysis provides a new kind of history of both piracy and desire, articulating the meaning of the pirate's contradictory image to literary, cultural, and historical studies.

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"Turley presents a thoroughly-researched literay and cultural history of the transgressive pirate figure in the early eighteenth-century."

-Journal of Folklore Research

Introduction: A Merry Life and a Short Onep. 1
Life on Board an Early-Eighteenth-Century Shipp. 10
Hostis Humani Generis: The Common Enemy against All Mankindp. 28
Trial Records, Last Words, and Other Ephemera: The Literary Artifacts of Piracyp. 44
Captain Avery and the Making of an Antiherop. 62
Fabricated by the Frail Hand of Man: The General History and Fictional Realityp. 73
A Brave, a Just, an Innocent, and a Noble Causep. 92
Solemn Imprecations and Curses: Captain Singleton's Search for Identityp. 109
Robinson Crusoe and "True Christian" Identityp. 128
Notesp. 159
Bibliographyp. 179
Indexp. 195
About the Authorp. 199
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ISBN: 9780814782231
ISBN-10: 081478223X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 1st April 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.8  x 15.8
Weight (kg): 0.45