Schooling Sex: Libertine Literature and Erotic Education in Italy, France, and England 1534-1685

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Overview

Schooling Sex is the first full history of early modern libertine literature and its reception, from Aretino and Tullia d'Aragona in 16th-century Italy to Pepys, Rochester, and Behn in late 17th-century England. James Turner explores the idea of sexual education, from the simple instructional dialogue to the advanced experiments of the philosophical libertine, analyzing the hard-core curriculum that defined sexuality centuries before the Marquis de Sade.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199254262
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

James Grantham Turner is Professor of English at the University of California at Berkeley. His previous appointments have been Associate and Full Professor at the University of Michigan, Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia and Lecturer at the Universities of Liverpool and Sussex in the UK.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Abbreviations and Principal Works Cited
Introduction: Sex Talks: Libertine Texts and Erotic Philosophies 1
Pt. I Erotic Education and the (Hard)core Curriculum
1 Sex as Discipline: the Idea of Erotic Education 31
2 Pallavicino's Retorica delle puttane and Rocco's Alcibiade fanciullo a scola: The Aesthetics of Transgression 72
3 Sex(ed) Education for the Age of Descartes: L'Escole de filles, ou La Philosophie des dames (1655) 106
4 Erudita libido: Nicholas Chorier, Aloisia Sigea, and the Secrets of Love and Venus 165
Pt. II Libertine Canonization: Reception-History and the Erotics of Literary Response
5 Early Responses to L'Escole des filles: Pepys, Wycherley, and Traces of Moliere 223
6 Rochester and Oldham: 'Heroic' Pornography in the Shadow of Aloisia 260
7 The Loose Canon: Translations and (Per)versions of Libertine Literature, 1676-1700 306
8 The Erotics of Literary Response: Chorier and Rochester in the Critical Mainstream 354
Epilogue: Les Fleurs du mal: Afterlife and Retrospect 386
Index 397
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