Curtains and carnality : processural seductions in eighteenth century text and space

Downey, Georgina & Taylor, Mark (2010) Curtains and carnality : processural seductions in eighteenth century text and space. In Chapman, Michael & Ostwald, Michael (Eds.) Imaging : Proceedings of the 27th International SAHANZ Conference, Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & New Zealand , Newcastle, New South Wales, pp. 121-126.

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Libertine erotic novellas included a number of seductive descriptions of unfolding spaces often seen through the eyes of a narrator. Instructional volumes such as Point de lendermain by Vivant Denon (1777) aimed at the sexual education of young women and the titillation of men also followed suit. Similarly architectural theory such as Le Camus de Mézières’, The Genius of Architecture (1780) also promoted the sensuous and seductive aspects of surfaces and spatial arrangements. In the erotic settings of the cabinet, descriptions of curtains generate as much arousal as the outline of a naked body, and for some players it is the space that is desired above their lover.

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ID Code: 33087
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Interior Design, Eighteenth Century, Erotic
ISBN: 9780646536903
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Interior Design (120106)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
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