Julie Peakman is a historian in eighteenth-century culture, sexuality (all eras) and pornography. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Honorary Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is a frequent contributor to newspapers and popular magazines, as well as academic journals. She has worked on television documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and the Biography Channel. Her first book Mighty Lewd Books: The Development of Pornography in Eighteenth-Century England (Palgrave, 2003) was much acclaimed. Her second book Lascivious Bodies: A Sexual History of the Eighteenth Century (Atlantic Books, 2004) was a light-hearted romp through the eighteenth-century sexual underworld. The Pleasure's All Mine. A History of Perverse Sex (Reaktion, 2013) describes all sorts of sexual variations from ancient Greece to the current day. She is the biographer of two eighteenth-century women, Emma Hamilton (Haus, 2005) and Peg Plunkett, Memoirs of a Whore (Quercus, 2015). She has also edited a 6 volume set A Culture of the History of Sexuality (Bloomsbury, 2011) and an 8 volume set Whores' Biographies 1700-1825 (Pickering & Chatto, 2006-7). Her Amatory Pleasures. A Sexual Exploration of the Eighteenth Century (Bloomsbury) and Hitler's Island War. The Men Who Fought for Leros (I.B. Tauris) are due 2016.
About the Author
Julie Peakman teaches at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. Her recent books include Lascivious Bodies: A Sexual History of the Eighteenth Century and Mighty Lewd Books: The Development of Pornography in Eighteenth-century England. She has also edited Sexual Perversions, 1670-1890, eight volumes of Whore's Bibliographies 1680-1815 and is currently writing a sexual history of the world.
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