Bradford Keyes Mudge - The Whore's Story: Women, Pornography, & the British Novel, 1684-1830
Published: 2000-06-08 | ISBN: 0195135059 | PDF | 304 pages | 20 MB
This fresh & persuasively argued book examines the origins of pornography in Britain & presents a comprehensive overview of women's role in the evolution of obscene fiction. Carefully monitoring the complex interconnections between three related debates--that over the masquerade, that over the novel, & that over prostitution--Mudge contextualizes the growing literary need to separate good fiction from bad & argues that that process was of crucial importance to the emergence of a new, middle-class state. Looking closely at sermons, medical manuals, periodical essays, & political tracts as well as poetry, novels, & literary criticism, The Whore's Story tracks the shifting politics of pleasure in eighteenth-century Britain & charts the rise of modern, pornographic sensibilities.