John Cleland Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Bouce, Paul Gabriel, ed. Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Totowa, NJ: Barnes & Noble Books, 1982, 262 P.

Collection of essays dealing with social, cultural, and intellectual attitudes toward sex and virginity in eighteenth-century Britain, with some reference to Cleland and his works.

Brophy, Brigid. "Mersey Sound 1750." In her Don't Never Forget: Collected Views and Reviews, pp. 76-80. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1967.

Review of the 1963 edition of Fanny Hill in which Brophy describes the work as "a highly engaging little erotic tale" possessing true literary qualities.

Charney, Maurice. "Two Sexual Lives, Entrepreneurial and Compulsive: Fanny Hill and My Secret Life." In his Sexual Fiction, pp. 71-92. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1981.

Compares the buoyant and colorful eighteenth-century Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure with the somber and neurotic nineteenth-century My Secret Life.

Ikver, Barry. "John Cleland and the Marquis d'Argens: Eroticism and Natural Morality in Mid-Eighteenth Century English and French Fiction." Mosaic VIII, No. 2 (Winter 1975): 141-48.

Finds Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure almost unique in that is uses erotic writing to express philosophical ideas.

Rembar, Charles. The End of Obscenity: The Trials of "Lady Chatterley," "Tropic of Cancer," and "Fanny Hill." New York: Random House, 1968, 529 p.

Includes chapters devoted to three obscenity/censorship trials of Cleland's novel.

Shinagel, Michael. "Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure: Pornography and the Mid-Eighteenth-Century English Novel." In Studies in Change and Revolution: Aspects of English Intellectual History, 1640-1800, edited by Paul J. Korshin, pp. 211-36. Menston, Yorkshire, UK: Scolar Press Ltd., 1972.

Considers Cleland "a major innovator in the development of libertine literature in England."

Solomon, Stanley J. "Subverting Propriety as a Pattern of Irony in Three Eighteenth-Century Novels: The Castle of Otranto, Vathek, and Fanny Hill." The Erasmus Review 1, No. 2 (November 1971): 107-16.

Asserts that Fanny Hillsubverts literary propriety yet achieves a comic effect superior to mere pornography through its use of puns, euphemisms, and parody.

Additional coverage of Cleland's life and career is contained in the following sources published by The Gale Group: Literature Criticism from 1400-1800, Vol. 3, and Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 39.