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 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

  • Paperback | 366 pages
  • 154.9 x 233.2 x 25.9mm | 521.64g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous halftones
  • 0195161882
  • 9780195161885
  • 2,004,068

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A fascinating collection of material. These texts of sexual experience are potent means both of subverting and bolstering social and literay norms * TLS *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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