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University drops world's oldest erotic novel written in English from curriculum

University drops world's oldest erotic novel written in English from curriculum | 14 Aug 2017 | It remains one of the most widely banned books in history, shocking readers with its 'pornographic' content centuries before Lady Chatterley's Lover. Nearly 270 years on, it seems that modern day students are proving equally squeamish, as Fanny Hill, the first ever erotic novel written in English, has been dropped from the University of London curriculum for fear of offending students. Fanny Hill, or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, was first published in 1748...Judith Hawley, professor of 18th-century literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, said that after decades of teaching the provocative text on various courses, Fanny Hill is being dropped from the latest curriculum following a consultation with students. Judith Hawley, professor of 18th-century literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, said that after decades of teaching the provocative text on various courses, Fanny Hill is being dropped from the latest curriculum following a consultation with students. Speaking on a Radio 4 discussion on sex and freedom of speech, Dr Hawley said that including pornographic texts on any syllabus risked students "slap[ping her]...with a trigger warning".