Cover

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pp. 1-3

Title Page

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pp. 4-4

Copyright Page

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pp. 5-5

Dedication Page

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pp. 6-7

Table of Contents

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pp. vii-9

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-11

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Preface

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pp. xi-xv

Pope's penis: to suggest that the yard of Alexander the Little reveals something important about the culture of eighteenth-century male creativity will doubtless strike some readers as a preposterous and needless prurience. Yet it is clear that the links between male writing...

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1. Introduction: Male Creativity and its Changing Contexts

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pp. 1-24

Discourses about male creativity were fundamentally influenced by three historical transformations: (1) a revised cultural understanding of masculinity as an interiorized sexual identity; (2) a new kind of interest in the male body as the site where masculinity would be registered...

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2. Masculinity as Male Genitalia

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pp. 25-92

The underlying premises of this chapter can be summarized as follows: (1) there is an unprecedented proliferation of male genitalia as subject matter ca. 1650-1750; (2) discourses of the penis/phallus which emerged in this period reflect uncertainty about the relationship of...

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3. The Sexual Traffic in Male Creativity

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pp. 93-158

The category "male creativity" contained its own versions of the larger cultural uneasiness about what genitalia meant for the male character. The discourses I have described intensified the perceived links between the reproductive system and an essentialized maleness, and these associations...

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4. Pope and Male Literary Communities

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pp. 159-226

Alexander Pope dominated his literary world like no one else, and his life and writing--as well as his reputation--were richly imbued with the discourses I have described. Not only did he use both metaphorical economies widely--brain-wombs/Muses, the yard of wit--but he...

Notes

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pp. 227-256

Works Cited

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pp. 257-276

Index

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pp. 277-290

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 291-292

I owe many thanks to the two readers for the University of Pennsylvania Press, whose expert comments and criticism improved my focus and organization. Over the years various sections of this project have also benefitted from the shrewd readerly advice and kindly suggestions of Lesley...