When Flesh Becomes Word

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," dramaticconversations 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 oflibertine 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 toeighteenth-century readers before the publication of John Cleland's Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure in 1749.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780195161878
0195161874
9780195161885
0195161882
Branch Call Number: 820.80353 W5741 2004
Characteristics: xxxiii, 332 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Mudge, Bradford Keyes

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