Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Sex and Sexual Semiotics in Literature

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | December 08, 2009 10:30 AM | comments

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Tags: sexual semiotics, sexual subtexts of classic literature

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FaceBook just kicked me to the curb, presumably because some of my naughty vintage erotica offended them. Why do people keep banning sex-related imagery in the 21st century?

As I see it, it's always been about sex. Especially visual arts and literature. Here is my quick take on the sexual sub-texts of classic works of literature.

Pamela: the first novel ever written, this Richardson classic is the story of a servant whose master tries repeatedly to rape her

Divine Comedy: Dante's beauteous, ecstatic vision of the afterlife, inspired by his pedophilic obsession with nine-year old Beatrice.

Gulliver's Travels: Swift's sadomasochistic fantasy life in three acts.

Tom Jones:  fucking, fucking and more fucking, by Fielding.

Anna Karenina: Tolstoy's epic tragedy of a woman who killed herself because she couldn't sleep with the man she loved

Lady Chatterly's Lover: D.H. Lawrence's sublime masterpiece about a woman who destroys her life over a sexual obsession for her male servant

Madame Bovary:  Flaubert's sublime masterpiece about a woman who destroys her life over her adulterous sexual obsessions

Notes From the Underground: Doestoyevky's classic existential novel about how depressed you get when you never have sex

Swann's Way: Proust's exquisite percolations on love and romance, all inspired by his non-stop masturbation in the bed he never left

Nexus, Plexus, Sexus: Miller's cautionary trilogy about what happens when men fuck around so much they can barely keep the names straight.

The Scarlet Letter: Nathaniel Hawthorne's bleak insights into what can happen to women who fuck around at all.

The Metamorphosis: Kafka's brutally emotionally masochistic fantasy about 24/7 cockroach-play.

Ulysses: Joyce's, explicitly sadomasochistic stream-of-conscious internality of the world's horniest Daddy/boy couple, Leopold Bloom and Stephen Daedalus.

Everything Lord Byron ever wrote, but especially Don Juan.

Got some of your own? (I'll bet you do!)

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