Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Piracy, Sexuality, and Masculine Identity

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NYU Press, 1999 - History - 199 pages
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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 Turley fastens his eye on historical documents, trial records, and the confessions of pirates, as well as literary works such as Robinson Crusoe, to track the birth and development of the pirate image and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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Review: Rum, Sodomy and the Lash: Piracy, Sexuality, and Masculine Identity

User Review  - 6655321 - Goodreads

Mismarketed book that was obviously originally a Defoe Studies book about masculinity/homosexuality and was rapidly reworked to be about piracy/masculinity/homosexuality in a few of the thinest and most circular chapters on the subject. Read full review

Review: Rum, Sodomy and the Lash: Piracy, Sexuality, and Masculine Identity

User Review  - Jacquelyn - Goodreads

Turley makes broad and sweeping generalizations about pirates and their sexuality in this book. He provides very little evidence for his arguments, though I will give him the benefit of the fact that ... Read full review

Contents

Life on Board an EarlyEighteenthCentury Ship
10
The Common Enemy
28
Captain Avery and the Making of an Antihero
62
A Brave a Just an Innocent and a Noble Cause
92
Captain Singletons
109
Robinson Crusoe and True Christian Identity
128
Notes
159
Bibliography
179
Index
195
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Hans Turley was Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut.

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