When Flesh Becomes Word: An Anthology of Early Eighteenth-Century Libertine Literature by Bradford K. Mudge

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

EditorBradford K. Mudge

Hardcover | March 19, 2004

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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.

About The Author

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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Title:When Flesh Becomes Word: An Anthology of Early Eighteenth-Century Libertine LiteratureFormat:HardcoverPublished:March 19, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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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