Voltaire's Coffee, hosted by Professor Carolyn Eastman (History)
Wed, October 14, 2009 • 7:00 PM • The Joynes Reading Room, Carothers 007
Department of History
"Bootylicious: or, Sexing Up the Pirates of the Caribbean in Early Printed Books"
In the golden age of piracy between 1670 and 1730, pirates decimated European trade in the Americas and posed an economic threat that was as serious as international war. Yet early illustrated books about pirates cultivated a different image. Increasingly, authors and book illustrators drew out highly sexualized, gender-bending, and rapacious lives of the pirates for readers' delight. Why focus on these themes? This talk analyzes pirates in texts and illustrations to uncover the long history of sexy pirates in print and imagery.
Light refreshments will be provided