Before Pornography: Erotic Writing in Early Modern England (Studies in the History of Sexuality)

Before Pornography explores the relationship between erotic writing, masculinity, and national identity in Renaissance 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 Defense of Poesy and Spenser’s Faerie Queene.

Year: 2003
Language: english
Pages: 288
ISBN 10: 0195137094
ISBN 13: 9781423722182
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