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Rachel Judith Weil (1959- ) is a teacher and scholar, specializing in gender and culture in 17th and 18th century England. She is currently an associate professor of early modern English political and cultural history in the Department of History at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Weil received her B.A. degree from Brown University in 1981 and her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1991 with a dissertation titled "Sexual Ideology and Political Propaganda in England 1680-1714". She has continued scholarly studies of the historical relationship of sexuality and politics in such essays as "Sometimes a Scepter is Only a Scepter: Pornography and Politics in Restoration England" (1993).

Most recently, Weil published Political Passions: Gender, the Family & Political Argument in England 1680-1714 (1999), a further examination of the political implications of family and gender relationships in early modern English history. She will publish another essay on political intrigue during this time period, "The Politics of Informing in the 1690s: Matthew Smith versus the 'Great Men'" in an upcoming collection titled The Public Sphere in Early Modern England.


Political Passions: Gender, the Family and Political Argument in England, 1680-1714 by Rachel Weil, Manchester University Press 1999 ISBN 0-7190-5622-5

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