erotic literature

comprises fictional and factual stories and accounts of human sexual relationships

Erotic literature comprises fictional and factual stories and accounts of eros – passionate, romantic or sexual relationships – intended to arouse similar feelings in readers, in contrast to erotica, which focuses more specifically on sexual feelings. Erotic literature can take 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 prostitution, orgies, sadomasochism, and many other taboo subjects and fetishes, which may or may not be expressed in explicit language. Other common elements are satire and social criticism. Much erotic literature features erotic art, illustrating the text. Despite cultural disapproval of such material, circulation of erotic literature was not seen as a major problem before the invention of printing, as the costs of producing individual manuscripts limited distribution to a very small group of literate readers. The invention of printing, in the 15th century, brought with it both a greater market and increasing restrictions, including censorship and legal restraints on publication on the grounds of obscenity. Because of this, much of the production of this type of material became clandestine.
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genre: erotic literature

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Justine

1791 novel by the Marquis de Sade

author: Marquis de Sade

1791

I Spit on Your Graves

novel by Vernon Sullivan

author: Boris Vian

1946

Les Infortunes de la vertu

Buch von Donatien Alphonse François de Sade

author: Marquis de Sade

Thérèse the Philosopher

novel ascribed to Jean-Baptiste de Boyer

author: Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens

1748

Bom-Crioulo

book by Adolfo Caminha

author: Adolfo Caminha

1895

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