Before Pornography: Erotic Writing in Early Modern England

Before Pornography: Erotic Writing in Early Modern England

by Ian Frederick Moulton
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195137094

ISBN-13: 9780195137095

Pub. Date: 10/28/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Before Pornography explores the relationship between erotic writing, masculinity, and national identity in Renaissance England. Drawing on both manuscripts and printed texts, and incorporating insights from modern feminist theory and queer studies, the book argues that pornography is a historical phenomenon: while the representation of sexual activity exists in

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Before Pornography explores the relationship between erotic writing, masculinity, and national identity in Renaissance England. Drawing on both manuscripts and printed texts, and incorporating insights from modern feminist theory and queer studies, the book argues that pornography is a historical phenomenon: while the representation of sexual activity exists in nearly all cultures, pornography does not. The book includes analyses of the social significance of eroticism in such canonical texts as Sidney's Defense of Poesy and Spenser's Faerie Queene.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195137095
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Series:
Studies in the History of Sexuality Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

A Note on Manuscript Transcriptions xiii
Introduction: The Prehistory of Pornography 3(32)
PART I: English Erotic Writing
Erotic Writing in Manuscript Culture
35(35)
Erotic Writing in Effeminacy, and National Identity
70(49)
PART II: The Aretine and the Italianate
Prologue Englishmen Italianated
113(6)
"Courtesan Politic": The Erotic Writing and Cultural Significance of Pietro Aretino
119(39)
"The English Aretine": Thomas Nashe
158(36)
Ben Jonson and the Erotics of a Literary Career
194(29)
Notes 223(24)
Bibliography 247(18)
Index 265

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