Pornography and Sexual Representation: A Reference Guide - Vol. 3

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Erotic Literature

HISTORIES OF EROTIC BOOKS

Historians of pornography have concentrated on books because until recently they were more accessible than other media. The greatest bibliographies of erotica also deal in the main with printed genres (see chapter 4, Bibliographies and Reference Tools, especially Dawes, Fryer, Kearney, Reade, Thomas, Thompson, Wedeck.) Accounts of efforts to suppress books, often arranged historically, provide a good deal of information as well (see Chapter 20, Pornography and Law in the United States, especially Fraxi, Giese, Glaser, Gorsen, Guha, Schidrowitz.)

One of the broadest chronicles is H. Montgomery Hyde's A History of Pornography; it is very readable but not entirely accurate and contains a small section on art. Paul Englisch's Geschichte der Erotischen Literatur is a more solid survey, prized for its comprehensiveness on the eighteenth through the early twentieth centuries; a splendid work of scholarship, it contains excerpts and reprints of title pages from famous works. Englisch's Irrgarten der Erotik, also concerned with literature, deals with erotic art as well. Literatur und Kunst, the second volume of the six-volume Bilderiexicon der Erotik, is extremely valuable, though it is weighted toward German examples. Ian Moulton's "Before Pornography: Explicitly Erotic Writing in Early Modern England" examines the sociopolitical context of erotic discourse in sixteenth-century England with a view to distinguishing it from post-Enlightenment pornographic genres; he finds that Italian eroticism profoundly influenced English genres. Informed by a meticulous scholarship honed on various bibliographies, Patrick J. Kearney's A History of Erotic Literature covers the seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries and includes generous reproductions of title pages. The various essays in

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Table of contents

  • Pornography and Sexual Representation - A Reference Guide Volume III iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xvii
  • How to Use This Guide xxi
  • Introduction: Finding a Place for Pornography 749
  • 15: Folklore and Oral Genres 755
  • 16: Erotic Literature 811
  • 17: Newspapers, Magazines, and Advertising 879
  • 18: Comics 932
  • 19: Research on Pornography in the Medical and Social Sciences 954
  • 20: Pornography and Law 1019
  • 21: The Economics of Pornography 1093
  • Index 1123
  • About the Author 1315
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