Amatory Pleasures: Explorations of Sexual Culture with Julie Peakman

Admission includes glass of Prosecco and Chocolate Anus for all!


Feb 6th 2018 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


The Last Tuesday Society invites you to join us as we explore Amatory Pleasures: Explorations of 18th Century Sexual Culture with author Julie Peakman.

Admission includes a glass of Prosecco & chocolate edible anus for all guests as well as private access to the venue on a Tuesday evening.

Encompassing the long 18th century, Amatory Pleasures examines a broad and enticing variety of topics in the history of sexuality in Georgian times. It includes discussion of sexual perversion, criminal conversation, erotic gardens, gentlemen's homosocial societies, flagellation, pornography, writings of courtesans and the world of female friendship, revealing the secret or hidden meanings circulating between mainstream and covert activities of the 18th century. Julie Peakman draws connections between these pieces and situates them within current debates and examines how Georgian sexual activity was integrated from low life and high places, from brothels to palaces.

Aimed at anyone interested in gender, history of sexuality, sex, literature and 18th-century history, Amatory Pleasures is an invaluable collection of the work of a key scholar in the field.

7:00PM - Doors open, Bar open for pre-lecture drinks
7:30PM - Talk Commences followed by a Q&A
8:30PM - Bar re-opens for private evening in venue
10:00PM - Doors close
*Please note the bar will be cash only during this event. There is a free cashpoint just down the road from us at Sainsbury's.

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.