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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.]
References in periodicals archive ?
While my interest here is not in outlining a genealogy of anal eroticism, what does seem important to recognize is that anal eroticism has never been exclusively the terrain of sub-cultural communities; instead, the imagery, at the very least, is the most common thematic in pre-Columbian art.
The importance of rewriting the erotic monopoly is, in many ways, central to anal eroticism.
Yet Laplanche and Pontalis, discussing obsessive cleanliness as a reaction-formation that masks anal eroticism, propose an intriguing second example: "Similarly, the lawyer who pushes his concern with equity to the extreme point of fastidiousness may in this way show his systematic lack of concern for the real problems presented to him by the defence of those who depend upon him: he is thus satisfying his sadistic qualities under a cloak of virtue .
See, however, David Williams (especially 98) for analysis of the anal eroticism of Flaubert's Binet.
In contrast, Nixon insistently reads words like "darkness," "corruption," "bowels," "loins," "shame," "bestial," "roots," and "death" as metonymy for anal eroticism rather than as metaphors for a kind of relationship that does not yet exist.
Repeatedly in his writings Freud singles out the importance of anal eroticism, nowhere more strikingly than in Civilization and its Discontents where he even leaves his central text to pursue his imp of the perverse: the significance of anal eroticism and its concomitant sensory mode, smell, in the development of human sexuality.
only his anal eroticism which threatened to fall victim