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which includes works from previous centuries.
The story of O is developed and actually has a great plot. It is erotica with a much more intense BDSM story line.
O is superior-but there is an issue we should discuss. Wayne Booth asked a long time ago what do we do with a work that employs great artistry to valorize an evil idea-the Holocaust for example. As I recall O ends with the heroine consenting to her death. Do we in our reading leave aside our normal ethical sense? Can we and should we? O comes out of a milieu fascinated by the idea of transgression and as I recall in that milieu there was a lot of sympathy for fascism. "Eroticism"-
but arousal for whom? Does the work express female sexual desire or, even though written by a woman, a male fantasy of that desire.?
-- 17 Oct 2014, 22:57 --
The 2nd is my
Why, in heaven's name, would a reader plough through them 5 times? I shall look and see if this one is better, but there is modern erotica out there that's well written. Try looking on Goodreads, under an appropriate group.
On the other hand, the Story of O is a classic piece of erotica published in the 1950s, the authorship of which remains something of a mystery. Pauline Reage is the pen name of Dominique Aury, itself the pen name of Anne Declos, a French author and journalist. She wrote The Story of O as challenge after her lover claimed that a woman could not write and erotic novel.
There is not a lot of plot - it is a series of degrading sexual experiences involving bondage, whippings and brandings, a total subservience to the men in O's life.
However, the constrained language certainly ensures that this is genuinely erotic and not just titillating.
Of Human Bondage, Somerset Maugham
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