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The bildung of Fanny Hill: John Cleland's Memoirs of a woman of Pleasure
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay explores the concept of the bildungsroman in relation to the first pornographic novel, John Cleland's Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. The main protagonist and her bildung is described through the different roles she takes on as the novel progresses. The writer argues that the bildung she receives is mainly focused on sex and more specifically, that one should achieve pleasure in moderation. The bildung also deals with matters pertaining to love and relationships. A historical perspective is used discussing gender roles, the one-sex model versus the two-sex model, libertine ideology and the language use of the writer. The essay does not solve the multi-faceted mystery that is John Cleland, but does further our understanding of the writer and of pornography in the period.

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2011. , 33 p.
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General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-13573OAI: diva2:431151
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Lärarprogrammet, inriktning mot verksamhet i grundskolans senare år och gymnasiet
2011-05-18, 16:01 (English)
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-07-15 Created: 2011-07-15 Last updated: 2012-01-16Bibliographically approved

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