The Erotic

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erwttpWelcome to The Erotic project home page. The challenging and paradoxical nature of the ‘erotic’ has enjoyed a resurgence of status and attention within the academy. However, in recent times much of this work has become increasingly specialised within disciplinary boundaries. The effect of this has been twofold; first, there is a failure to recognise cross-disciplinary connections which centre on this theme and second, it neglects important historical and cultural perspectives on the development of the ‘erotic’ as a locus of attention.

This project aims to instigate inter-disciplinary dialogues which will enable a clearer awareness of the historical and cultural developments of the ‘erotic’ and simultaneously explore cross-disciplinary perspectives on its current forms and manifestations.

erctfdThe project will critically engage with a number of core themes:

  • Inter-disciplinary approaches to the erotic
  • Understanding eroticism and the ‘erotic’
  • History of the erotic
  • The erotic and phases of human development
  • National and cultural histories of the erotic
  • Sexuality and the erotic
  • The politics of the erotic inc. issues of censorship and transgression
  • The ethics of the erotic
  • The erotic imagination
  • The erotic in art, art history, literature and film
  • The erotic in music
  • The psychology of the erotic
  • Gender, bodies and the erotic
  • Love, sentiment, romanticism and the erotic
  • Eros, Sexuality and education
  • Friendship, relationships and the erotic
  • The erotic and the perverse; eroticism & fetishism
  • Religion and the erotic
  • The Virtual erotic

Related themes will also be identified for development and exploration. Out of our deliberations it is anticipated that a series of related cross context research projects will develop.