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The undergrowth of literature

Author: Gillian Freeman; David Stafford-Clark
Publisher: London : Nelson, 1967.
Series: Natural history of society series.
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"The Undergrowth of Literature is a woman's-eye view of what has hitherto been an almost exclusively male domain. With gentleness, wit and candour, the author here makes a serious attempt to analyse the whole range of publications devoted to sexual fantasy in the English-speaking world. Her book will go a long way to allay the fears of those who see pornography as something wholly evil and corrupt, since the  Read more...
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Freeman, Gillian.
Undergrowth of literature.
London, Nelson, 1967
(OCoLC)654119142
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gillian Freeman; David Stafford-Clark
ISBN: 0171380223 9780171380224
OCLC Number: 457625
Description: xxvi, 196 pages : 16 plates ; 23 cm.
Contents: Phantasma-orgia --
Mums and lovers --
Wink, kink and co. --
Mein camp --
The fladge market (1) --
The fladge market (2) --
TV times (1) --
TV times (2): trans everything --
Our fettered friends --
Having a rubber ball --
Woman’s only --
Minor tendencies.
Series Title: Natural history of society series.
Responsibility: with a foreword by David Stafford-Clark.

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"The Undergrowth of Literature is a woman's-eye view of what has hitherto been an almost exclusively male domain. With gentleness, wit and candour, the author here makes a serious attempt to analyse the whole range of publications devoted to sexual fantasy in the English-speaking world. Her book will go a long way to allay the fears of those who see pornography as something wholly evil and corrupt, since the absurdity of much of the material she analyses shows that its chief function for those who turn to it may be a playful one. This is, however, primarily a book describing the phenomenon and the reader is left to form his own conclusions. After first examining the women's magazine market and noting the enormous increase in sexual and fetishistic fantasy in modern advertising and fashion photography, she turns to the magazine literature available for straightforward, heterosexually minded men. From there she moves to the mushrooming market in male homosexual magazines and flagellation literature, and then among the more interesting literary underworlds goes on to discuss those for 'minority' interests--publications written for and often by Lesbians, transvestites, rubber fetishists and bondage enthusiasts. Finally, as a comparison, she takes a none too serious look at contemporary heroes in children's comics, but with an insight that may perhaps drive the reader to question where the significance of Batman's and Wonder Woman's gear really lies. Dr David Stafford-Clark, welcoming the book in an absorbing Foreword, discusses the psychogenesis of sexual fantasy and the literature which springs out of it. He gives praise to the intuitive female wisdom which illuminates the author's whole approach. 'Enlightenment, not secrecy,' he writes, 'are the allies of truth and love.'"--Dust jacket.

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