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By Jean Marie Goulemot

1st U.S. variation, ebook like new, fresh and unmarked, airborne dirt and dust jacket has moderate shelfwear (scuffing) on rear panel and is now safe in a transparent Brodart hide. by means of Jean Marie Goulemot. released by means of college of Pennsylvania Press 1994. Publisher's assertion: "This ebook is an unique and illuminating learn of erotic literature in eighteenth-century France. Approacing the erotic booklet as a literary style, Goulemot means that in early sleek France it can be came across along approved sorts of literary perform. Books containing obscene language, scatalogical descriptions and the depiction of scenes of joyour fornication abounded, and have been thought of a famous truth of cultural lifestyles. Goulemot argues that descriptions of sexual intercourse have been the thing of a fit and well-established alternate, and have become ousted from purely with the arriving of a brand new, extra codified elitist perception of artwork. It was once at this aspect, lower than classicism, type of smooth pornography--privately got and secretly read--was born. Goulemot discusses the principles of construction of erotic literature, its technique of dissemination and modes of intake, from the touting of prohibited books within the park of Versailles to using literature in ready rooms in brothels. He examines some of the narratives recommendations utilized in erotic books, in addition to the pictures and illustrations they contained. Forbidden texts should be of specific curiosity to scholars of literature and literary concept, cultural heritage and the heritage of the publication. "

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I was true to my intended and abstaining from other women. I was living more virtuously than I ever had done and thought that I could even become accustomed to it. But what is going to show the danger of books such as Le Portier des Chartreux, Therese phifosophe, La Religieuse en chemise and others is the terrible and sudden lust that they excited in me after long abstinence! A great libertine, that Molet whom I have already mentioned and who was a fellow-lodger at Bonne Sellier's, had come to see me one Sunday morning when I was still in bed and brought me the first of these books, which I had only glimpsed at La Masse's.

From 1740 onwards the situation becomes clearer: we learn that the secret printing shop near the Arsenal was printing both obscene and Jansenist material: pages from both the Nouvelles ecclesiastiques and Frhillon. Along with the journeyman printers and the hawkers was also arrested a certain Jerome Le Couteux, 'author of rather free works and of lampoons'. There is a clear mixing of genres and no potential source of profit is left untapped. In December 1740 there were a large number of arrests of printers of pornographic literature.

In 1764 there were about 20 or so lettres de cachet relating to these sorts of offences alone. The third factor that would make it impossible to carry out a survey of legal action against licentious writings was the increasingly prominent role played by pornography in political lampoonery. The Iturning-point seemed to come around 1765 with the arrest of Louis, Auguste and Franc;ois Dieude from Saint Lazare, for having made 'foul utterances against the king', a crime that earned them exile to Brittany.

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