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MORAES, Eliane Robert. The obscene effect. Cad. Pagu [online]. 2003, n.20, pp. 121-130. ISSN 0104-8333.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-83332003000100004.

This article investigates the importance of obscene vocabulary within the pornographic culture that arises in Europe from the Renaissance onwards, with the explicit wording of sex as a landmark. Therefore, it questions the statute of modern erotic fiction as a literary genre, paying attention to the fetischised conditon of  licencious language. A privileged representation of eroticism, obscene words subvert their abstract function as a sign and acquire a corporality that, ultimately, substitute the presence of the real body.

Keywords : Erotic Literature; Pornography; Obscenity; Aretino; Sade; Henry Miller.

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