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Erotic fiction


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  • Form

    • Erotic fiction
  • Variants

    • Adult fiction
    • Gay erotic fiction
    • Lesbian erotic fiction
  • Use For

  • Broader Terms

    • Fiction
  • Related Terms

  • Closely Matching Concepts from Other Schemes

  • Earlier Established Forms

    • Gay erotic fiction
    • Lesbian erotic fiction
  • Sources

    • found: GSAFD, 2000(Erotic fiction: Use for works that are characterized by treatment of sexual love in more or less explicit detail. The sexual element is made a portion of the aesthetic, thematic, or moral aspect of the work; that is, it exists as a contributing part to some other objective than titillation or sexual arousal.UF Adult fiction, Erotic novels, Erotic stories. RT Love stories.)
    • found: Baldick, C. Oxford dictionary of literary terms, c2008(Erotica: the collective term for materials of an erotic nature, and particularly for prose or verse narratives of sexual fantasy ranging from explicitly pornographic novels to jocular poems on sexual subjects, whether or not these are illustrated pictorially. Since the 1960s, written texts have been not only less subject to sexual censorship but increasingly marginal to the image-dominated pornography industry proper: so that fiction that would once have counted as pornographic is now called erotica, and more than ever marketed in anthologies addressed to lesbians and heterosexual women as well as to men.)
    • found: The pleasure garden : erotic tales of carnal desire, 2011.
    • found: Heat wave : sizzling sex stories, 2004.
    • found: The leading edge : an anthology of lesbian sexual fiction, c1987.
    • found: Britannica online, Oct. 11, 2019:Erotica (Erotica, literary or artistic works having an erotic theme; especially, books treating of sexual love in a sensuous or voluptuous manner. The word erotica typically applies to works in which the sexual element is regarded as part of the larger aesthetic aspect. It is usually distinguished from pornography, which can also have literary merit but which is usually understood to have sexual arousal as its main purpose) Pornography (Pornography, representation of sexual behaviour in books, pictures, statues, motion pictures, and other media that is intended to cause sexual excitement. The distinction between pornography (illicit and condemned material) and erotica (which is broadly tolerated) is largely subjective and reflects changing community standards)
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    • 2020-03-05: revised
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