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Sex before SexFiguring the Act in Early Modern England$
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James M. Bromley and Will Stockton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680764

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680764.001.0001

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Spectacular Impotence: Or, Things That Hardly Ever Happen in the Critical History of Pornography

Spectacular Impotence: Or, Things That Hardly Ever Happen in the Critical History of Pornography

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(p.89) 3 Spectacular Impotence: Or, Things That Hardly Ever Happen in the Critical History of Pornography
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Sex before Sex
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MeLissa J. Jones

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816680764.003.0004

This chapter discusses the representation of impotency, which is considered both humiliating and entertaining in early modern erotica, and evident in Thomas Nashe’s Choice of Valentines and John Marston’s Metamorphosis of Pigmalion’s Image. It describes how “spectacular impotence” is a minor trend in modern erotica produced for women, opposing the popular assumption that the audience for pornography is male. The chapter concludes with an examination of the phallic masculinity constructed in traditional porn, including the active and passive roles of spectators and participants.

Keywords:   impotency, early modern erotica, Thomas Nashe, Choice of Valentines, John Marston, Metamorphosis of Pigmalion’s Image, spectacular impotence, pornography, phallic masculinity

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