In endorsing this 'underground' paper--as well as the 'Small Ode', Baxter contributed an otherwise unpublished (and fairly undistinguished) piece of bawdry
entitled 'Treasure Song' and a short essay on 'The Puritan Devil'--Baxter was not only supporting the students against the University authorities; he was supporting the more radical elements of the student body against a staid and conformist Students Association.
96) William Perry brought a complaint against Katherine Sheppard and Susannah Thomson "for being loose idle Disorderly persons common night walkers & Deluding him into a reputed house of Bawdry
It was less the bawdry
at Court that Pepys deplored than the lethargy it induced in the royal brothers, who tended to dissipate their not always boundless energy in compulsive womanizing.
These stories are riotous, vintage Vian: full of exquisite Pataphysical bawdry
, any number of superfluous characters, and a delicious disdain for the logic of the Cartesian universe.
A technical difficulty arises in reviewing Larkin's Letters: in all my experience I have never seen or read such foul-mouthed language, the whole virtuoso gamut of bawdry
, swear-words often in every line, particularly in the earlier letters and to male cronies like Kingsley Amis.
The related term bawdry
, meaning "unchastity, fornication" (OED bawdry
There are certainly similarities to be found in the lives and literary output of the three, who all resisted dehumanising authority, were strongly egalitarian, sought authenticity in regional experience and vernacular, linked identity to the local, wielded the weapons of bawdry
and comedy against Calvinism, interacted ambivalently with intellectuals and the literati, understood and even approved of carnal urges, and sympathised as fellow sufferers with those in thrall to addiction.
As this dialogue makes plain, the window, imported no doubt from Italy as the site of bawdry
, had, by mid-century, become similarly identified in England.
369-71) Hickescorner keeps a shop of bawdry
Women and slaves work; chieftains fight, raid, pillage, and (in Ascham's phrase) perpetrate "bold bawdry
In the Swinging Sixties bold bawdry
held sway: 'Sex was a way of deriding the pomposity of British society, its class structure which was now easier to mock because it had come to mean so little'.