TITLE

‘Fruition was the Question in Debate’ Pro and Contra the Renaissance Orgasm

AUTHOR(S)
Hartle, Paul
PUB. DATE
April 2002
SOURCE
Seventeenth Century;Spring2002, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p78
SOURCE TYPE
Review
DOC. TYPE
Poetry Review
ABSTRACT
A genre of poems arguing against the sexual fruition of orgasm is identified (and a subgenre contesting this position is noted). Its roots in Petronius and Montaigne are established and its branches traced in seventeenth-century poetry from Jonson to Rochester. The physiology of orgasm (as understood in Aristotle, Harvey and Jane Sharp) is considered, as is medical counsel. Women's writing in response to the genre and its assumptions is discussed. Issues of gender, performativity and textual pleasuring are examined. Works by Suckling, Henry King, Cowley, Oldham, ‘Alexis’ and Aphra Behn are analysed in detail, in addition to those of Jonson and Rochester.
ACCESSION #
6772975

 

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