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5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Addition to Its Complex and Fascinating Field, 21 April 2009
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Clifford (Weymouth, Dorset, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature (Hardcover)
This magnificent two-volume work contains `over 500 signed scholarly essays of 1000 to 8000 words in length', supplied by a multitude of experts in the area of erotic literature. Its content will surprise many, including authors such as John Fowles and Feodor Dostoevsky, but excluding many best selling authors from the major current popular imprints. The selection process clearly emphasises the quality literature at the expense of most material that could be categorised as `pornography'. The list of topics covered is largely author-based, although some key books are included, and also some key topics, such as lesbian literature, masturbation, queer theory and sadomasochism. There will be few who do not find authors of erotic texts who are new to them, particularly in the literature of other cultures than the English and French. The French contribution to the genre is nevertheless accorded its due priority. Yes, it's expensive, and beyond the reach of those not in receipt of research grants, but it is a truly superb achievement, and arguably a necessary adjunct of many libraries.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Acknowledges the interdisciplinary field of 'erotic' literature, 15 Mar 2014
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Roman Clodia (London) - See all my reviews
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This 2-volume set is a useful academic resource for anyone studying or teaching in the field of erotic literature. It presents entries from a wide range of scholars and organises them flexibly according to author, theme, genre or idea. The range is wide (e.g. from Sappho to Barthes) and deliberately non-judgmental, though the introductory essay could usefully have been more detailed.

The 'erotic' is loosely defined as works in which sexuality and/or sexual desire have a dominant presence, and the fuzzy boundaries between the erotic, the 'pornographic' and the sexually explicit is foregrounded. The associations between the erotic and dominant social groups, the dynamic between the erotic and the transgressive, and the tension between the erotic and the 'avant garde' are all touched upon but could have been discussed more explicitly up-front. As the editors confirm, 'erotic' is never a neutral word, it is always culturally-constructed, and crosses traditional lines of genre and 'high'/'low' culture.

Each entry is followed by suggested editions (useful if you're exploring outside your own field) and a selected list of further reading (circa 2006). A very good resource for students and scholars.
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Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature by Gaėtan Brulotte (Hardcover - 21 Nov 2006)
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