In the two decades or so after World War I, demography was not yet a well-established scientific discipline, and the topic of conception control still carried the whiff of smuttiness
among the era's mostly upper-class scholars.
The film's English title, Porn Theatre, captures nothing of the piquant smuttiness
of its French original, itself a sly dig at Cocteau's two-headed eagle.
The perceived smuttiness
of Naturalist literature was the proximate cause for the caricatural attacks, yet in many respects Manet's portrait represents the fulcrum upon which Zola's public image pivoted.
Stevie's involuntary bodily response to the anarchist papers aligns their inflammatory political content with the pornographic "shady wares" of Verloc's shop: such coincidence serves to "tarnish the glamour of subversive politics with the smuttiness
of tawdry sex" (Shaffer, 443).
But the more you stare, the more the smuttiness
of it becomes just a meaningless splurge of banality.
18) Apuleius' novel was 'an Italian fiction very divertising and full of Wit,' (19) but 'he has not at all retrencht the smuttiness
which was in the Originals which he had followed' and 'his style is that of a Sophist, full of affectation and violent figures, hard, barbarous and befitting an African.
It will be my thesis that The Secret Agent forges innumerable subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) bonds between revolutionary politics and pornography in order to tarnish the glamour of subversive politics with the smuttiness
of tawdry sex.