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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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There is a hint of cool eroticism in Bob Crowley's design, an outsized golden calla lily reminiscent of Georgia O'Keeffe.
The latent eroticism of these drawings arises not from some voyeuristic perspective, but from a loss of discipline.
The thing is, Figgis' gauzy eroticism isn't all that hard to decipher; it's just resoundingly trite when you do.
This book thus widens our understanding of male but not of female eroticism in the sixteenth century.
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