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Classic book with lovely illustrations - and a sense of humour,
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This review is from: City of Laughter: Sex and Satire in Eighteenth Century London (Paperback)
This is worth buying for the illustrations alone.
But the rest is great too, despite the velvet clawed cattiness of academics in other reviews (why on earth should this be 'less male' and why should this author have waffled on about feminist theory? I bet your books are tedious if you do that, love!)
Wonderful explanations and detail - and unlike most academic books, it is well-written with panache and verve - and a sense of humour.
This is THE book to buy on this period and to learn about Gillray's world. Read it or dip into it before any other.
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Initial post: 25 Mar 2014 10:52:13 GMT
K. Lawton says:
this review is much cattier than the one you criticize, *love*, very patronizingly. You, perhaps, would benefit from another perspective, as you seem only open to what you think you know.
i guess reading that prostitutes might not have been jolly is BOOOORING to you, but that doesn't mean it is tedious to other people, it just means you are ignorant and willfully so.
academic books are supposed to move the subject forward. calling this book old-fashioned and lacking in intelligent perspective does not make the author tedious, but all those sexist terms you use are clearly unprofessional (if you are a "professor"), and just plain nasty if you aren't.
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