On this episode of ‘XR University’ show host Ian Rath along with the lovely and talented Aiden Starr and special guest Erika Jordan discuss classic and modern Erotic Literature and how adult toys are used in some very famous works.
Since man first put pen to paper Erotic Literature has been there. Ancient Greek and Roman wrote erotic verses about flogging and torture. Even William Shakespeare scribbled a few erotic poems Venus and Adonis followed by The Rape of Lucrece. As we move into the 17th and 18th century’s erotica blossomed. Has anyone ever heard of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester? Another famous book is Fanny Hill by Cleland. But it is within this time period where a more detailed account of S&M resides within fiction. Who is probably the most famous author of that period? Marquis de Sade; he was a French aristocrat, revolutionary politician, philosopher, one of the most famous Libertines and of course a writer. His works were published anonymously as the books Justine and Juliette disgusted Napoleon so much that he ordered the arrest of the unknown author. His most famous work 120 Days of Sodom set the bar for BDSM writing still to this day not many authors have come close to the sexual freedoms Sade explored in his writing.
Within the 20th Century writers of erotica include the beautiful Anais Nin and her diaries, Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn and William Burroughs brought us into his Naked Lunch. It seems every generation in the last 50 years has had a book or two that awakens some people to their sexual potential. In the 70’s we had Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying, the 80’s and 90’s had Anne Rice’s Claiming of Sleeping Beauty series and even recently the E.L. James trilogy about a D/s relationship has opened people up.
It would not be a XR-U Show without someone getting naked, so Erika becomes the sub for this show and Ian an Aiden demonstrate floggers, crops, a blindfold and numerous other famous toys that where discussed in literature throughout history.