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The Autonomy of Pleasure"Libertines, License, and Sexual Revolution"$
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James A. Steintrager

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231151580

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231151580.001.0001

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A Thousand Modes of Venery

A Thousand Modes of Venery

Coital Positions as Actions and Communications

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(p.31) Chapter One A Thousand Modes of Venery
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The Autonomy of Pleasure
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James A. Steintrager

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231151580.003.0001

Examines how libertines in eighteenth-century France took up the erotic tradition of the variety of coital positions and turned this tradition into both a social contract (based on pleasure rather than fear) and a systematic generator of variety to keep the pleasure system running.

Keywords:   sexual positions, social contract, Aretino, printing press, sexual liberation, erotic arts

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