Though many of the poems attributed to Rochester were actually by other authors, his reputation as a libertine was such that his name was used as a selling point by publishers of collections of erotic verse for centuries after. The first printed edition was published by Ulrich Zel in Cologne between and This book was banned in many countries.
Some of these works are: But it was also to be found in France, amongst such writers as Pierre Louysauthor of Les chansons de Bilitis a celebration of lesbianism and sexual awakening.
It also featured a curious form of social stratification. One of the better known of these collections is The Merry Muses of Caledonia the title is not by Burnsa collection of bawdy lyrics that were popular in the music halls of Scotland as late as the 20th century.
The specific problem is: One of the most famous in this new genre was Fanny Hill by John Cleland. It first appeared in and was written by one Gordon Grimley, a sometime managing director of Penthouse International.
Such works have frequently been banned by the government or religious authorities.
Indian mythology; classical Sanskrit plays; Indian philosophy; Indian folktales and translated Sanskrit poetry. The centre of the trade in such material in England at this period was Holywell Street, off the Strand, London.
The castration of imaginative English literature made the clandestine literature of sex the most poverty stricken and boring in Europe". By one who knew this Charming Goddess and worshipped at her shrine Peter Fryer suggests that Fanny Hill was a high point in British erotica, at least in the eighteenth century, in a way that mainstream literature around it had also reached a peak at that time, with writers like Defoe, Richardson and Fielding all having made important and lasting contributions to literature in its first half.
He called one collection of poems Pansies partly for the simple ephemeral nature of the verse but also a pun on the French word panser, to dress or bandage a wound.
The intelligence and casually flamboyant virtuosity with which he framed his often humorous commentaries on human behaviour made his work invariably entertaining and interesting.
Originally of very limited circulation, changing attitudes have led to his work now being widely available.
It is one of the earliest examples of an epistolary novelfull of erotic imagery. Lawrence could be regarded as a writer of love poems, he usually dealt in the less romantic aspects of love such as sexual frustration or the sex act itself. Even five centuries after publication copies were seized and destroyed by the authorities in the US and the UK.
In the late 18th century, such works as Justine, or the Misfortunes of Virtue and Days of Sodom by the Marquis de Sade were exemplars of the theme of sado-masochism and influenced later erotic accounts of Sadism and masochism in fiction.
An important publisher of erotic material in the early 19th century was George Cannon —followed in mid-century by William Dugdale — and John Camden Hotten — The Seven Beauties Persian: These were a somewhat peculiar English genre of erotic fiction in which the female body and sometimes the male was described in terms of a landscape.
He followed up in with another erotic collection in prose poems— Songs of Bilitis Les Chansons de Bilitisthis time with strong lesbian themes.
Erotic fiction[ edit ] Erotic fiction is the name given to fiction that deals with sex or sexual themes, generally in a more literary or serious way than the fiction seen in pornographic magazines and sometimes including elements of satire or social criticism.
As an example he shows a keen interest in Indian thought and literature and has written many erotic poems on Indian themes: Farmer; the three volume Poetica Erotica and its more obscene supplement the Immortalia both edited by T.
Towards the end of the 19th century, a more "cultured" form of erotica began to appear by such as the poet Algernon Charles Swinburne who pursued themes of paganism, lesbianism and sado-masochism in such works as Lesbia Brandon and in contributions to The Whippingham Papers edited by St George Stock, author of The Romance of Chastisement This book set a new standard in literary smut and was often adapted for the cinema in the 20th century.Erotic literature comprises fictional and/or factual stories and accounts of human sexual relationships which have the power to or are intended to arouse the reader sexually.
Such erotica takes the form of novels, short stories, poetry, true-life memoirs, and sex manuals.A common feature of the genre is sexual fantasies on such themes as. This webpage is for Dr. Wheeler's literature students, and it offers introductory survey information concerning the literature of classical China, classical Rome, classical Greece, the Bible as Literature, medieval literature, Renaissance literature, and genre studies.Download