Before Pornography: Erotic Writing in Early Modern England

Paperback | September 15, 2004

byIan Frederick Moulton

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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 ahistorical 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.

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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 ahistorical phenomenon: while the representation of ...

Ian Frederick Moulton is at Arizona State University West.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.45 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:September 15, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019517982X

ISBN - 13:9780195179828

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"Moulton is especially persuasive in one of his principal theses, that erotic representation twined through English protonational identity, and was particularly important in English notions of the Italianate.... Before Pornography is an enjoyable read and offers genuine insight into the placeof erotic writing in early modern English culture."--Sixteenth Century Journal