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Potential Readings

(subject to change):

We will not read everything in the coursepack, but a good representative sampling of the below. The reading load will be kept relatively light and highly amusing, even if the questions we tackle are sometimes difficult and challenging. [To view the texts arranged by approximate year of publication, click here.]

  • “Walter” – from My Secret Life (c. 1890)
  • Anon. – “Nizam the Pederast” (9th century)
  • Anon. – from “A Full and True Account of a Dreaded Fire, that Lately broke out in the Pope’s Breeches” (1713)
  • Anon. – from Anglo-Saxon Riddles (The Exeter Book) (7th century)
  • Anon. – from Kitty’s Atlantis for the year 1766
  • Anon. The Song of Solomon
  • Aretino, Pietro – from The Lives of the Nuns (1527)
  • Auden, W. H. – from “The Platonic Blow” (1965)
  • Automedon – from The Greek Anthology, book V (compiled 10th century CE)
  • Baffo, Giorgio – “Sonnet” (1730s)
  • Bataille, Georges. Story of the Eye.
  • Beardsley, Aubrey – from The Story of Venus and Tannhauser (1907)
  • Beatrijs of Nazareth – from There Are Seven Manners of Loving (c. 1230-68)
  • Behn, Aphra – “The Disappointment” (1670s)
  • Bilhana – from “Fantasies of a Love-Thief” (11th century)
  • Califia, Pat – from Macho Sluts: “A Dash of Vanilla” (1989)
  • Carlini, Benedetta – from Account of the Visit Made to the Theatine Nuns, Also Known as Holy Mary of Pescia (n.d., c. 1619)
  • Casanova, Giacomo – from History of My Life (1828-38)
  • Chao Luan-Luan – “Creamy Breasts” (8th century)
  • Chorier, Nicholas – from A Dialogue Between a Married Lady and a Maid (c. 1660)
  • Cleland, John – from Fanny Hill, or the Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (c. 1748)
  • cummings, e.e. – “she being Brand” (1920s)
  • Dafydd ap Gwilym – from “The Penis” (c. 1330-1350)
  • Donne, John – “Batter my Heart”
  • Donne, John – “The Flea”
  • Dryden, John – from Marriage-á-la-Mode (1672)
  • Francois Villon – from “Grand Testament” (1431-1485)
  • French, Marilyn – from The Women’s Room (1978)
  • From “The Courtship of Inanna and Dumuzi” (c. 4000-2000 BCE)
  • Genet, Jean – from Our Lady of the Flowers (1943)
  • Gordimer, Nadine – from The Conservationist (1974)
  • Gwerful Mechain – “The Female Genitals” (1480)
  • Hacker, Marilyn – from Love, Death and the Changing of the Seasons (1987)
  • Harris – from My Life and Loves (1926)
  • Heine, Heinrich – “The Song of Songs” (1820s)
  • Heloise – from a letter to Peter Abelard (c. 1132)
  • Honn, Wanda – My Subway Lover (1987)
  • Horace – “To a Randy Old Woman” (Epodes c. 30 BCE)
  • Jean de Meun – from The Romance of the Rose (c. 1230)
  • Jelinek, Elfriede. The Piano Teacher.
  • Joyce, James – from “Nausicaa” in Ulysses
  • Lawrence – “Figs” (1920s)
  • Leduc, Violette – from La Bâtarde (1964)
  • Lucretius – From De Rerum Natura (c. 99-c. 55 BCE) – Roman
  • Martial – from Epigrams (c. CE 40-c. 104)
  • Marvell, Andrew – “To His Coy Mistress” (1660s)
  • Maupassant Guy de – from The Colonel’s Nieces (1880s)
  • Nin, Anais – from The Delta of Venus (1940-41)
  • Nin, Anais – from The Delta of Venus (1940-41)
  • Nin, Anais – from The Delta of Venus (1940-41)
  • Ovid – from Amores Book III (c. 16 BCE)
  • Propertius – from Elegies (c. 48- c. 15 BCE)
  • Réage, Pauline – from The Story of O (1954)
  • Rich, Adrienne – “The Floating Poem, Unnumbered” The Dream of a Common Language (1978)
  • Rimbaud, Arthur – “Obscur et Froncé” (1880s)
  • Rosetti, Christina – Goblin Market (1859)
  • Selby, Jr., Hubert – from The Last Exit to Brooklyn (1957)
  • Shakespeare, William – from “Venus and Adonis”
  • Swinburne, Algernon Charles – from Lesbia Brandon (1877)
  • Verlaine, Paul – “He’s an awkward bedfellow and I love to keep…” Femmes/Hommes(1884)
  • Vidal, Gore– from Myra Breckenridge (1968)
  • Wilde, Oscar – from Teleny (1890s) – will be distributed separately
  • Wittig – from Les Guerillères (1969)
  • Yeats, W. B. – “Leda and the Swan” (1923)

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