Prostitutes and their Clothes: ‘Beneath the Lamp her tawdry Ribbons glare’
18th C Fashion / 18th C Literature / Eighteenth Century / History / Lit Crit / Prostitution / Women

Prostitutes and their Clothes: ‘Beneath the Lamp her tawdry Ribbons glare’

This is the first in a series which looks at representations of eighteenth century prostitutes and their clothes in verbal and visual sources. Swiss-born ‘Charles’ Brandoin’s prints, A Modern Demirep on the look-out and The Charming Millener of ___ Street (1771) demonstrate a growing anxiety in the eighteenth century about female dress. This pair of … Continue reading

Roxana; Or, the Mistress of many Editions
18th C Literature / Books and Stuff / Eighteenth Century / History / Lit Crit / Women

Roxana; Or, the Mistress of many Editions

Picking up a copy of Daniel Defoe’s 1724 novel Roxana today, it is easy to take the unfolding narrative for granted. However, for just under two hundred years, readers in the 18th and 19th centuries were not reading the same story we do. Instead the Roxana novels from the 1740s onwards – due to continuations … Continue reading