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A Case Study in Fictional 'Facts': Pirate Sex and the Eighteenth-Century Archive

A master class with Manushag Powell (Purdue University)

Everyone loves a story with she-pirates, and Anne Bonny and Mary Read are not only the most famous female pirates of the eighteenth century, they are apparently the only female pirates of the eighteenth century. Tales about these two women abound in the print record. Not all of these stories are by avowed fiction writers, however: Bonny and Read are an excellent example of the pressures created and foibles fallen into when fascinating material collides with a thin historical archive and sloppy citation practices. Starting with the main source pieces on Bonny and Read (Captain Charles Johnson, Woodes Rogers, and a trial record published in Jamaica), we’ll trace their treatment by modern historians, cultural critics, and creative writers and watch an influential, if unreliable, narrative of sex and the eighteenth century come to life in front of us. You should read the primary sources and DNB entries in preparation for discussion at the seminar.

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Wine and nibbles will be served.

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