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By Peter Cryle

ISBN-10: 0874137489

ISBN-13: 9780874137484

This publication tells how the diverting array of pleasures in eighteenth-century libertine fiction gave approach, via a strategy of thematic float and realignment, to a powerfully linear tale that really outlined intercourse and the gender roles bearing on it. a number of the key notions in glossy discuss intercourse are actually narrative ones: "climax," "foreplay," and "the intercourse act" are all acknowledged to lie on the middle of human sexuality. yet 'The Telling of the Act' questions even if those notions should be regarded as undying, and actually locates their emergence within the moment half the eighteenth century.

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Whether or not he saw himself as an erotic artist, he would doubtless also have known of those sculptural representations that took their orderly place in a traditional ars erotica, displaying the range of positiones that were available for practitioners of a disciplined eroticism. He would have been familiar, at least by reputation, with the figures of Venus portrayed by Elephantis and associated with Astyanassa. He would have known the etchings of Giulio Romano illustrating the sixteen modi of Aretino.

It broke quite dramatically, because people jumped around on it, so that the breaking of furniture itself became standard fare in erotic narrative. 20 What is more, it did so in a remarkably self-conscious way. In Histoire de dom Bougre (1741), one of the great successes of eighteenth-century French pornography, there occurs a scene in which the narrator-hero, Saturnin, makes love to his friend Suzon for the first time. As a prelude to the scene, the two have been observing an older couple through a hole in the wall, and have thereby conceived both the desire and the way to satisfy it.

Something had started to happen to the furniture. It did not just wear out, nor was it stored in the attic. It actually broke. It broke quite dramatically, because people jumped around on it, so that the breaking of furniture itself became standard fare in erotic narrative. 20 What is more, it did so in a remarkably self-conscious way. In Histoire de dom Bougre (1741), one of the great successes of eighteenth-century French pornography, there occurs a scene in which the narrator-hero, Saturnin, makes love to his friend Suzon for the first time.

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