Barbara Milech (essay date 1994)
SOURCE: Milech, Barbara. “‘This Kind’: Pornographic Discourses, Lesbian Bodies and Paul Verlaine's Les Amies.” In Men Writing the Feminine: Literature, Theory, and the Question of Genders, edited by Thaïs E. Morgan, pp. 107-22. Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 1994.
[In the following excerpt, Milech addresses the changing definition of pornography in relation to literature in the nineteenth century.]
In 1867 Paul Verlaine gathered together into a small book entitled Les Amies (The Women-Friends) six sonnets on the subject of lesbian love. The collection is often discounted as juvenile,...
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