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eroticism

sexual excitement or desire, and the changing social constructions of this. Theorists such as Michel FOUCAULT, The History ofSexuality (1979) have done much to document how SEXUALITY, the erotic realm and the discourses of eroticism (both scientific and literary) are transformed in every historical period and also have political dimensions (see also ROMANTIC LOVE). At a more empirical level, researchers such as Alfred Kinsey et al. (1948 and 1953) have sought to provide a comprehensive account of the range of erotic sexual behaviour. It is plain that eroticism and the objects of eroticism, which may or may not involve direct behaviour with other persons, take many forms, only a minority of these directly involving sexual reproduction. Most forms, and the greatest incidence of sexual behaviour, can be described as ‘recreational’, much of this as part of a continuing sexual relationship, although varying between different cultures and in different periods in the life cycle.

Eroticism

Aphrodite
novel of Alexandrian manners by Pierre Louys. [Fr. Lit.: Benét, 783]
Ars Amatoria
Ovid’s treatise on lovemaking. [Rom. Lit.: Magill IV, 45]
Barbarella
frequently semi-nude heroine of sexy French comicstrip. [Comics: Berger, 211]
Daphnis and Chloë
their idyll reconciles naïveté and sexual fulfillment. [Gk. Lit.: Magill I, 184]
Delta of Venus
stories of sexual adventure including incest, perversion, prostitution, etc. [Am. Lit.: Anaïs Nin Delta of Venus in Weiss, 124]
Hill, Fanny
narrator of Cleland’s 18th-century novel of erotic experiences. [Br. Lit.: Cleland Memoirs of Fanny Hill]
Kama-Sutra
detailed Hindu account of the art of lovemaking. [Ind. Lit.: Benét, 538]
O
a beautiful woman willing to undergo every form of sexual manipulation at the bidding of her lover. [Fr. Lit.: Pauline Reage The Story of 0 in Weiss, 445]
Perfumed Garden, The
Arabian manual of sexual activity. [Arab. Lit.: EB (1963) IV, 448]
Playboy
monthly magazine renowned for nude photographs. [Am. Pop. Cult.: Misc.]
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In the end, Nussbaum concludes, these attempts to escape if not transcend the urges and demands of erotic love are too lofty, too idealistic, and too inconsistent.
The arrangement of the poems in this translated volume is not chronological but rather by broad subjects: domestic, including her passionate and erotic love for her husband and her maternal love for her four children; the writing of poetry and the mystery of words; political poems, here rather underrepresented; and finally, landscapes.
To conclude this study, it will be necessary to examine how the labyrinth plays a role within the first paragraph, which deals with "la peinture" of erotic love and praises the successes of Virgil and Lucretius in a textual ("woven") medium metaphorized as a visual representation.
They married in 1973 and spent their time together in the famous city during its turbulent years, which had a dramatic effect on Qabbani's poetry, where the expression of erotic love, lament, political satire, anger, and violence could be contained in a single verse.
Significantly, however, Marion finds an eschatological "end" in erotic love itself.
She said: "I want to do a sexy, erotic love story about people over 70.
But erotic love between two members of the same sex is an oxymoron.
For nearly two millennia Christians (and Jews, for that matter) understood the Song of Songs allegorically, but when a literal type of exegesis prevailed in the late nineteenth century, understanding the book as a series of erotic love poems, the spiritual understanding of the book was almost totally discarded.
But writing about erotic love also got her into trouble early on with a few very prominent members of the older literary establishment, who publicly derided her work.
For Kant, erotic love is pleasure-seeking pathos and thus egoistic rather than moral.
Commenting on the theologies of Jesus as the Christ and the Christ as God--where one expects love to be the path of imitation--Joan Timmerman notes: "What is surprising is that love modeled by the archetypal figure of Christ should emphasize the commitments of parent and neighbor to the practical exclusion of conjugal, erotic love.