When Flesh Becomes Word
An Anthology of Early Eighteenth-century Libertine Literature
Edited by Bradford Keyes Mudge
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When Flesh Becomes Word by Bradford Keyes Mudge
Book DescriptionWhen 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 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195161878
(244mm x 163mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Bradford Keyes Mudge
When Flesh Becomes Word, Paperback (March 2004)
This book collects nine different examples of British libertine literature that appeared before 1750. Three of these are famous "whore dialogues". This collection also presents a range of other examples of libertine literature, including bawdy poety, a salacious medical treatise, an irreverent travelogue, and a criminal biography.
Whore's Story, Hardback (April 2000)» View all books by Bradford Keyes Mudge
Examines the origins of pornography in Britain and presents a comprehensive overview of women's role in the evolution of obscene fiction. Through various sources, this work tracks the shifting politics of pleasure in 18th-century Britain, charting the rise of modern, pornographic sensibilities.
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Author Biography - Bradford Keyes Mudge
Bradford K. Mudge is Professor of English at the University of Colorado and the author of The Whore's Story: Women, Pornography, and the British Novel, 1684-1830.
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