Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Decency and Disorder: The Age of Cant 1789-1837 + Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875-1945

The English used to be plain-speaking, boisterous eccentrics, their conversation peppered with words like "shittenly", "turdy" and "crackfart". But then something odd happened: a peculiar squeamishness overtook the nation (or at least Middle England), reflecting a new anxiety about sexual matters, bodily functions and nudity.

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