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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.
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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.]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The remaining essays tackle the topic of eroticism in music from a range of perspectives and contexts, including different music genres and geographies.
"The Kama Sutra, Spirituality and Eroticism in Indian Art is a part of the Pinotheque; it aims to explore emotions of love, desire, lust, sex and the ultimate physical union through music, dance, poetry and art.
In examining romanticism and sexuality, especially as it relates to gender differences, there appears to be a higher correlation between romanticism and eroticism for women than for men.
"Consequently, research and clinical forays into eroticism may go a long way toward facilitating inclusiveness and considering the diversity and full range of women's sexual desires," she said.
Nudity and eroticism are certainly prevalent in today's contemporary dance.
This helps the couple learn that each partner has a role in both intimacy and eroticism.
Amanda Hopkins addresses clothing and nudity and their relationship to eroticism in "'Wordy vnthur wede': Clothing, Nakedness, and the Erotic in Some Romances of Medieval Britain"; she concludes, unsurprisingly and somewhat tautologically, that medieval authors of romance "were aware of the potential eroticism of their descriptions and the interplay of the erotic, clothing and nakedness" (70).
He first published Eros in 1962, a beautifully designed hardcover "magbook" devoted to eroticism. He was eventually convicted on obscenity charges in one of two cases involving him that went clear to the Supreme Court.
Accordingly, the book is divided in six chapters, designed to explore various and relevant aspects of Gaye: his search for a style (chapter 1), the politics of soul music (chapter 2), sexuality and spirituality (chapter 3), black love and secret romance (chapter 4), eroticism and exodus (chapter 5) and afroedipalism, corporal punishment, and the politics of self-destruction (chapter 6), followed by an after-word largely devoted to R.
The Pope refers to this by its Greek root "eros" (as we find it in such words as "eroticism").
Eroticism and Art by Alyce Mahon (Oxford University Press, pounds 20).
The childlike appearance of Salaberria's characters, for example, contrasts with a crude eroticism at times bordering on the obscene.