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Endeavour. 2007 Sep;31(3):88-93. Epub 2007 Aug 6.

Sparks in the dark: the attraction of electricity in the eighteenth century.

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CIS-Dipartimento di Filosofia, Via Zamboni 38, Bologna, Italy. paola.bertucci@unibo.it

Abstract

Electricity was the craze of the eighteenth century. Thrilling experiments became forms of polite entertainment for ladies and gentlemen who enjoyed feeling sparks, shocks and attractions on their bodies. Popular lecturers designed demonstrations that were performed in darkened salons to increase the spectacle of the so-called electric fire. Not only did the action, the machinery and the ambience of such displays match the culture of the libertine century, it also provided new material for erotic literature.

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17681376
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10.1016/j.endeavour.2007.06.002
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