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Title: Eighteenth-Century British Erotica Part II
Description: London, Pickering & Chatto. 2004, First Thus. (ISBN: 1851967702) Hardcover, 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 5 Volumes. This new edition provides a collection of writings, mostly produced in facsimile, which forms an unrivalled resource for eighteenth century studies. A special feature of Part II is a whole volume dedicated to homosexuality which stands to become a central source for gay studies and queer theory in the years ahead. The first four volumes comprise a rich variety of topics, from prostitution to flatulence, painting a colourful picture of the real and imaginative worlds inhabited by the people of eighteenth-century Britain. One title worth singling out for mention is Memoirs of Fanny Hill (1750). This is John Cleland's own reworking of Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1748-9) and it has never before been republished. The first three volumes move chronologically through the century on subjects such as prostitution, flagellation, flatulence, cross dressing, dildos and other sex toys. The works tend to fall into distinct categories based on legitimate genres like medical treatises, biographies and religious satires, some of which were used as platforms for anti-Quaker or anti-Catholic polemic. Authors often appropriated mainstream literary and artistic works and used them as frameworks for titilating content, creating the characteristic blend of low and high culture that typifies the erotica of this period. A scatalogical imitation of Milton and a narrative derived from Hogarth’s engravings are just two examples of this, giving a hint of the sheer variety and breadth of the items in this set. John Cleland's own revision of his Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1748-9), the best known and most durable pornographic work from the period. This version of the Fanny Hill story differs from its namesake in many interesting ways, and has never been published in a modern edition. Along with Memoirs of Fanny Hill comes a set of engravings by the highly regarded artist Hubert Gravelot and an anonymous whore biography, The Genuine History of Mrs. Sarah Prydden (1723), which anticipates Cleland's novel. The final volume is devoted exclusively to materials concerned with male and female homosexuality. There is a broad seam of satire in this section, and among the irreverent works included are personal attacks on public figures rumoured to be homosexual, among them Queen Anne and her servant Abigail Masham, the sculptor Anne Damer, and the playwrights David Garrick and Samuel Foote. Full contents list can be sent on request. No Jacket, as Issued. New.

Keywords: Erotica Sexology Pornography Prostitution John Cleland Fanny Hill Women Sexuality English Literature Sexual Behaviour Velvet Gay Homosexual Queer Transvestite Trannsexual Crossdressing Sodomy Lesbian Lesbianism Sex Guides Eighteenth-Century British Sociol

Price: GBP 395.00 = appr. US$ 564.05 Seller: Delectus Books
- Book number: 039695

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