The Whores Story: Women, Pornography, and the British Novel, 1684-1830

Hardcover | May 15, 2000

byBradford K. Mudge

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This fresh and persuasively argued book examines the origins of pornography in Britain and presents a comprehensive overview of women's role in the evolution of obscene fiction. Carefully monitoring the complex interconnections between three related debates--that over the masquerade, that overthe novel, and that over prostitution--Mudge contextualizes the growing literary need to separate good fiction from bad and argues that that process was of crucial importance to the emergence of a new, middle-class state. Looking closely at sermons, medical manuals, periodical essays, and politicaltracts as well as poetry, novels, and literary criticism, The Whore's Story tracks the shifting politics of pleasure in eighteenth-century Britain and charts the rise of modern, pornographic sensibilities.

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This fresh and persuasively argued book examines the origins of pornography in Britain and presents a comprehensive overview of women's role in the evolution of obscene fiction. Carefully monitoring the complex interconnections between three related debates--that over the masquerade, that overthe novel, and that over prostitution--Mudg...

Bradford K. Mudge is Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado. His Sara Coleridge: A Victoria Daughter won the 1990 Choice Outstanding Book Award.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.29 × 6.3 × 0.91 inPublished:May 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195135059

ISBN - 13:9780195135053

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"A persuasively argued scholarly monograph and a good read.... Bradford Mudge's Monograph is an important study that will change our understanding of the evolution of erotic fiction."--Eighteenth Century Fiction (McMaster University)