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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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Voluptuary Architecture

Voluptuary Architecture

Organizing, Policing, and Producing Pleasure

(p.81) Chapter Two Voluptuary Architecture
The Autonomy of Pleasure

James A. Steintrager

Columbia University Press

Examines how libertines transformed institutions that were subject to enlightened critique such as convents, monasteries, and harems, and turned them into idealized spaces for the organization of pleasure. Subsequently looks at how libertines rejected projects for the organization and control of prostitution as restrictions on the autonomy of pleasure.

Keywords:   convents, harems, prostitution, sexual repression, pornography, physiocrats

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