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This Week: TABOOS

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  1. This Week: TABOOS • pedophilia – Nizam, Hungarian Adventurer • sisters – Casanova, Colonel’s Nieces, Hungarian adventurer • trans-species – Basque and Bijou, Venus and Tannhauser • coercive sex – Nizam, Leda • necrophilia – Pierre

  2. Nizam the Pederast anonymous, 9th Century Arab poem much less prudery around pederasty not same as pedophilia clearly homoerotic but also rape – problems of consent education, “tough love”

  3. Nizam the Pederast • ties into the Orient • orientalism • decadence • debauchery • lust • luxurious East • feminization eros = violence knowledge = suffering gendered sexualized body no question of conversion for Nizam but still – FIRSTIES! but now the girl is an instructor

  4. The Hungarian Adventurer Anaïs Nin (again) eros of innocence chance Hungarian – the dark east again not the wife – this is not seduction nor adultery pedophilia instead BUT also childhood sexuality Freud – Nin precocious children – girls especially overwhelming power of innocence versus experience, sin, power, secrecy

  5. Guy de Maupassant (1850-93) • Naturalism – literary movement that denies culture in favour of view of nature in the raw The Colonel’s Nieces Sisters but also nieces – uncles! fluid female sexuality fluid relationship to sexual conventions and rules no threat of pregnancy, mutation, deviance the reader as voyeur triangulation of desire suspension of detail – suggestion seductive insinuation of what’s next the reader’s imagination is openly solicited to fill it out you become complicit

  6. Giacomo Casanova 1725-98 History of My Life