Before Pornography

Before Pornography : Erotic Writing in Early Modern England

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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 a historical 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 Defence of Poesy and Spenser's Faerie more

Product details

  • Hardback | 282 pages
  • 162.1 x 237.7 x 23.1mm | 635.04g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 8 halftones, 8 line illustrations
  • 0195137094
  • 9780195137095

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This satisfying book will appeal to all with an interest in early modern culture and society. * Anthony Fletcher, Times Literary Supplement * A genuinely scholarly book, which is based on a considerable amount of manuscript research as well as an investigation of the printed sources of Renaissance erotica ... Moulton has written an extremely interesting, well-researched, and thought-provoking book. * Notes and Queries * In these days of rising costs, falling currencies, and vanishing book-buying budgets, Before Pornography stands out as deserving to be purchased by and for a wide spectrum of readers. * Renaissance and Reformation * Among its many valuable features, this book is especially noteworthy for its side-by-side consideration of hetero- and homoerotic discourses, as well as its investigation of selected European authors and texts. * Renaissance and Reformation * ... fluid, well-polished prose ... such a pleasing book. * Renaissance and Reformation * his book is undeniably of great interest * Maurice Couturier, Universite de Provence *show more

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