The Secret Museum: Pornography in Modern Culture

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University of California Press, 1987 - History - 318 pages
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Walter Kendrick traces the relatively recent concept of pornography--the word was not coined until the late 18th century--which became a public issue once the printing press gave ordinary people access to the erotica of the Greeks and Romans, the art and literature of the French enlightenment, and the poems of the Earl of Rochester and John Cleland's Fanny Hill. From the secret museums to the pornography trials of Madame Bovary and Lady Chatterly's Lover, to Mapplethorpe, cable TV, and the Internet, Kendrick explores how conceptions of pornography relate to issues of freedom of expression and censorship.
 

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Contents

THE PREPORNOGRAPHIC ERA
33
ADVENTURES OF THE Yo UNGPERSON
67
TR IALS OF THE Wo R D
95
THE AMERICAN OBSCENE
125
GOOD INTENTIONS
158
SEVEN
188
TH EPOSTPORNOGRAPHICERA
213
AFTERWORD 1996
241
REFERENCE NOTES
267
LIST OF WORKS CITED
295
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Walter Kendrick is Professor of English at Fordham University and author of The Thrill of Fear: 250 Years of Scary Entertainment (1991) among other titles.

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