This study of French literary pornography and erotica in the 20th century explores the limits of pornography as a literary genre, and its capacity to subvert the status quo. French culture has long been perceived by the English-speaking reader as somehow more "erotic" than its Anglo-Saxon equivalent. French literary pornography has a unique history, reflecting a fascination with libertine writing that can be traced back to Rabelais and de Sade. Its subversive potential was reinvigorated in the 20th century by the surrealists, and by the Tel Quel group, who saw it as part of the battle for emancipation and liberation.;This book traces the history of literary pornography and considers the moral and political issues surrounding it, looking particularly at feminist debates on pornography and at the case for and against censorship. It provides a more detailed study of particular texts - by Reage "The Story of O", Apollinaire, Louys, Anais Nin, Bataille, Robbe-Grillet, Arsan "Emanuelle", de Berg and Duvert - looking at reception and censorship, sadomasochism, erotic fantasy, paedophilia and homoeroticism. The book shows how "pornography" - censored, driven underground or otherwise suppressed in the Anglo-Saxon world - occupies an altogether different space in French culture, as a part of the avant-garde, and a legitimate challenge to the status quo. Dedication on first page signed by author.Book in good condition with clean pages throughout and securely bound. Printed in 1999.