When Flesh Becomes Word: An Anthology of Early Eighteenth-Century Libertine Literature

Hardcover | March 19, 2004

EditorBradford K. Mudge

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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 in an affordable edition, these dialogues combine sex education, medical folklore, and erotic literature in a decidedly proto-pornographic form. This edition presents other important examplesof libertine 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.

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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 an...

Bradford K. Mudge is Professor of English at the University of Colorado at Denver. He is the author of The Whore's Story: Women, Pornography, and the British Novel, 1684-1830 (Oxford, 2000).

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Format:HardcoverPublished:March 19, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195161882

ISBN - 13:9780195161885

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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsA Note on the TextsIntroduction: British Libertine Literature before Fanny Hill (1749)1. The School of Venus (1680)2. The Pleasures of a Single Life (1701), The Fifteen Comforts of Cuckoldom (1706), and The Fifteen Plagues of a Maiden-Head (1707)3. Gonosologium Novum (1709)4. Venus in the Cloister (1725)5. A Dialogue Between a Married Lady and a Maid (1740)6. A New Description of Merryland (1741)7. The Female Husband (1746)NotesBibliographyIndex

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"Given the rarity and yet the unacknowledged importance of these kinds of work, Mudge provides a significant service for understanding both the origins of the novel and the special character of pornography. Highly recommended."--Library Journal