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Erotica: fiction, sex and gender politics
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The proposal is aimed at investigating questions of eroticism, desire and gender politics in the 20th Century tradition of erotic fiction. The genre of Erotic fiction has a long tradition dated back to the Ancient Greece (with Sappho of Lesbo) and Rome (Petronio and his Satyricon) and it continued to develop over the course of many centuries as both celebration of pleasure and sexuality and as a way of enquiring into the state of feminism, gender politics, female desire, taboos and popular culture. Focusing on the reading of some erotic novels, the proposal is one possible prospective from which to look at how questions of desire, sexuality, gender, taboos and power relations have been represented and contested in modern society. How do we understand sexual culture and erotic values today? How does literary imaginary open up ways of going beyond a normative understanding of sexuality? How do language operate as erotic and playful emancipatory force to a different understanding of love and sexuality? I would like to consider eroticism in literature as experience of sexual and cultural emancipation and explore how sex, desire, gender, identities are shaped, represented, embodied, contested and rethought in works of erotic fiction writers. The proposal is for a reading group. Novels will function as starting point and research material for discussions. Reading proposed: - Anais Nin, A Spy in the House of Love. - Colette, The Pure and the Impure. - George Bataille, Story of the Eye. - Pauline Reage, Story of O. - Erica Jong, Fear of Flying. - Kathy Acker, I Dreamt I Was A Nymphomaniac
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Hello Caleb,

Yes! Let's focus on the question: What is  erotics or the erotic?

We will explore this question through Colette The Pure and the Impure!

caleb berlin's picture

thanks Fed, 

I'll go ahead and create the class. Do you think that the proposal as written above still holds in terms of what we'll do in the class or should we refine it a bit to be more focused on your question: What is erotics or the erotic? 

cheers,

-c

 

Torpe Konyvek's picture

Hello Everyone!

I just uploaded  The Pure and The Impure on aaaarg.org

 

Federica

caleb berlin's picture

Does anyone have access to a Scribd account? The whole Colette isn't available via the preview and it also seems hard to get ones hand on a print version (at least in English).

Hello Eroticists!

Would the 16th of March work?

Caleb everything sounds great! I would like to begin with the reading of

'The Pure and The Impure' by Colette. http://scribd.com/doc/30097356/The-Pure-and-the-Impure-by-Colette

I would suggest that we read the entire book. It's only hundred pages.

I will give an introduction to Colette and some of the recurrent motives in her writings. To define Colette writings 'erotica fiction' is not exact. But I would like to begin by widening the lenses through which we can look at the term 'erotic' to gestures, movements, relations that are not literally 'erotics.'

Or may be I should ask you the question: What is 'erotic'?

Let me know your thoughts!

Looking forward to it!

Federica

 

 

 

caleb berlin's picture

Hi all,

 
@federica and I briefly talked about trying to turn this into a class in mid-March. When the original idea was discussed in the Political Fiction class, I had suggested talking a bit about a text by Niklaus Largier, "In Praise of the Whip: A Cultural History of Arousal." It is an extremely long book, but maybe we could just read the epilogue together at the beginning as it traces some of his main arguments and concerns from flagellation as a "Christian aesthetic technique towards erotic practices." I could also just try and summarize it. Also, the Political Fiction was structured around monthly meetings and at the final session everyone seemed to think that doing something more concentrated would be better. If we try to do this on the 16th of March, perhaps we could map out a a week or two of readings and then go from there?
 
What do you all think?!
 
-c
 
p.s Around four years ago I facilitated a class at TPSLA that was somewhat related, though with many website migrations the actual plan of what we did has been lost to history.
gruber.assaf@gmail.com's picture

Hey all,

 I would like to add to our list, Roee Rosen film, 'Out':

Two BDSM members tell about themselves during the first part of the movie. In the second, they  try to get out of their body the Demon name Avigdor Lieberman..

Full version:

http://vimeo.com/45514307

Extract:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzSuiUnTsSg

Certainly worthwhile to add to the discussion.

Assaf

 

 

Thank you TK!

Torpe Konyvek's picture

 

 

 

Hello Everybody!

What about starting the class soon? 

I mean, it could happen the end of January or beginning of Feb, What do you think?

For the first class, I would like to give a general introduction to the Erotica literature and immediately  start with the reading of Colette,  'The Pure and The Impure'

...not sure the title is available online, but actually, it is worth buying it!

Looking forward to it!

 

Federica

 

Hello Everybody!

What about starting the class soon? 

I mean, it could happen the end of January or beginning of Feb, What do you think?

For the first class, I would like to give a general introduction to the Erotica literature and immediately  start with the reading of Colette,  'The Pure and The Impure'

...not sure the title is available online, but actually, it is worth buying it!

Looking forward to it!

 

Federica

 

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