24.2 | Rob van Gerwen

Lezen doe je niet met je lichaam: Wat is literaire pornografie?


Pornography presents the viewer with sexuality in a deliciously facile way and allows him to fantasise taking part in it. For the reader of pornographic literature there’s nothing to see, however. In this article I explore the conceptual possibility of ‘literary pornography,’ given the standard assumption that pornography necessarily involves image (and that this is absent in literature because it works with language) and a fantasy that the perceived really appears to the masturbator (although there is no sensory indication for this in reading).