When Flesh Becomes Word

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

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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," dramatic conversations 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 examples of libertine literature, including bawdy poetry, a salacious medical treatise, an irreverent travelogue, and a criminal biography. The combination of The combination of both popular and influential texts presented in this edition provides an accessible introduction to the variety of material available to eighteenth-century readers before the publication of John Cleland's Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure in 1749.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 157 x 246.9 x 30mm | 639.58g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 29 halftones & 5 line illus
  • 0195161874
  • 9780195161878

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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 *show more

About Bradford Keyes Mudge

Bradford K. Mudge is Professor of English at the University of Colorado and the author of The Whore's Story: Women, Pornography, and the British Novel, 1684-1830.show more

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