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When Flesh Becomes Word: An Anthology of Early Eighteenth-Century Libertine Literature

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When Flesh Becomes Word collects nine different examples of British libertine literature that appeared before 1750. Three of these--The School of Venus (1680), Venus in the Cloister (1725), and A Dialogue Between a Married Lady and a Maid (1740)--are famous "whore dialogues," dramatic conversations between an older, experienced woman and a younger, inexperienced maid. Previously unavailable in an affordable edition, these dialogues combine sex education, medical folklore, and erotic literature in a decidedly proto-pornographic form. This edition presents other important examples of libertine literature, including bawdy poetry, a salacious medical treatise, an irreverent travelogue, and a criminal biography. The combination of both popular and influential texts presented in this edition provides an accessible introduction to the variety of material available to eighteenth-century readers before the publication of John Cleland's Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure in 1749.

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When Flesh Becomes Word collects nine different examples of British libertine literature that appeared before 1750. Three of these--The School of Venus (1680), Venus in the Cloister (1725), and A Dialogue Between a Married Lady and a Maid (1740)--are famous "whore dialogues," dramatic conversations between an older, experienced woman and a younger, inexperienced maid. Previously unavailable to the modern reader, these dialogues combine sex education, medical folklore, and erotic literature in a decidedly proto-pornographic form. This edition presents other important examples of libertine literature, including bawdy poetry, a salacious medical treatise, an irreverent travelogue, and a criminal biography. The combination of both popular and influential texts presented in this edition provides an accessible introduction to the variety of material available to eighteenth-century readers before the publication of John Cleland's Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure in 1749.

About the Author

Bradford K. Mudge is Professor of English at the University of Colorado at Denver. He is the author of The Whore's Story: Women, Pornography, and the British Novel, 1684-1830 (Oxford, 2000).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

A Note on the Texts

Introduction: British Libertine Literature before Fanny Hill (1749)

1. The School of Venus (1680)

2. The Pleasures of a Single Life (1701), The Fifteen Comforts of Cuckoldom (1706), and The Fifteen Plagues of a Maiden-Head (1707)

3. Gonosologium Novum (1709)

4. Venus in the Cloister (1725)

5. A Dialogue Between a Married Lady and a Maid (1740)

6. A New Description of Merryland (1741)

7. The Female Husband (1746)

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195161885
Editor:
Mudge, Bradford Keyes
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Editor:
Mudge, Bradford Keyes
Author:
null, Bradford K.
Author:
Mudge, Bradford Keyes
Author:
Mudge, Bradford K.
Location:
New York
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
18th century
Subject:
English literature
Subject:
Literature/English | British Literature | 18th C
Subject:
English literature -- 18th century.
Subject:
Erotic literature, English
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Series Volume:
51
Publication Date:
20040431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
29 halftones and 5 line illus.
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
6 x 9.2 x 1.3 in 1.15 lb

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"Synopsis" by , When Flesh Becomes Word collects nine different examples of British libertine literature that appeared before 1750. Three of these--The School of Venus (1680), Venus in the Cloister (1725), and A Dialogue Between a Married Lady and a Maid (1740)--are famous "whore dialogues," dramatic conversations between an older, experienced woman and a younger, inexperienced maid. Previously unavailable to the modern reader, these dialogues combine sex education, medical folklore, and erotic literature in a decidedly proto-pornographic form. This edition presents other important examples of libertine literature, including bawdy poetry, a salacious medical treatise, an irreverent travelogue, and a criminal biography. The combination of both popular and influential texts presented in this edition provides an accessible introduction to the variety of material available to eighteenth-century readers before the publication of John Cleland's Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure in 1749.
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