Voltaire's Coffee, hosted by Professor Carolyn Eastman (History)

"Bootylicious: or, Sexing Up the Pirates of the Caribbean in Early Printed Books"

Wed, October 14, 2009 | The Joynes Reading Room, Carothers 007

7:00 PM

Department of History
Department of History

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.

Open to all Plan II students

Light refreshments will be provided


The Department of History


Sponsored by: Plan II Students Association and Plan II Honors Program

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