Thursday, 6 September 2012

Elements of 50 Shades of Grey  at the Irish Writers Centre-What is it with erotic fiction at  the  moment?
Could this be incorporated into the Masters Programme in NUI?
And WHO would we get to do it??!
Writing Desire: Flesh Made Word with Sean O'Reilly & Kimberly Campanello
25th September: Tues 6.30pm-8.30pm €280/260 members
How can we write about sex? Irish writing seems to shy away from any attempt to represent the reality and complexity of our erotic lives. Sex is a secret. Desire is merely a plot-device. The story of a character’s erotic life or the growth of a character’s erotic taste seems to have no bearing on a convincing psychological portrait of a literary character. This 10-week course looks at the history of the genre of erotic writing, looking at some classic texts in both prose and poetry, and concentrating on student’s writing in this field. Using both poetry and prose, participants will learn that the ‘erotic’ is more than the description of sexual acts but the context in which they take place, about power and phantasy, and in particular, about the representation of desire itself. Emphasis will be on participants own work and feedback in a group setting.
Course reading includes writers who have made desire the central theme in their work: Kundera, Trocchi, Roth, DH Lawrence, Angela Carter, Bataille, Edna O’ Brien, Gombrovitch, Miller, Nin, The Ages of Lulu, Casanova, Venus in Furs, Surrealism, confessional erotic bestsellers like One Hundred Strokes Before Bedtime up to the new phenomenon of fan-fiction/mommy-porn like 50 Shades of Grey. And in poetry: Ginsberg, Hughes, Neruda, Lorca, Takahashi, Gertrude Stein, Yeats, Auden and others.

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