Spilling Ink – Writing the Erotic

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Course Information

Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154526 Spilling Ink – Writing the Erotic 2 HS Di 10:15 – 11:45 R. 3.208 Lenz

Course Description

“Behind closed doors in warmly lit rooms all over London pleasure is taking place. Some spontaneous, some planned, and yes, some paid for. And tonight's, tonight's is ‘strictly’ invitation only. Sometimes I get paid to do the things I've always wanted to do.” (“Belle du Jour”)

Pleasure is a driving force in almost everybody’s life. We want to feel and to feel good. But the way to pleasure is not the same for everybody. For some it is doing ‘it’, for some it is watching ‘it’ and for some it is reading ‘it’. This course is dedicated to the latter pleasure: the literary delight and satisfaction. You are going to read sexy/dirty/kinky/weird/sensual stories about love, lust and the ways to achieve these two. Obviously, you have to bring an open mind as these stories are not your typical bedside stories. We will consider how these texts were received and what makes them so interesting. Moreover, you will learn how to apply literary theories to texts that were never meant to be looked at so closely – or were they? It goes without saying that this course is reading intensive and, yes, we will read that novel. Finally, you will write a sexy/dirty/kinky/weird/sensual story yourself.

You are cordially invited…

Reading List

Please purchase the following texts and start reading soon:

  • D.H. Lawrence. Lady Chatterley’s Lover (ISBN 978-0141441498)
  • Niall Griffith. Kelly + Victor (ISBN 978-0099422051)
  • Belle du Jour (a.k.a. Anonymous). Secret Diary of a Call Girl (any edition is fine)

Course Requirements

Additional texts and specific requirements to pass the course will be made available in the first week of the semester. Attendance in the first week is mandatory to participate in this course.


Lehramtsstudiengänge: MA BML 2005:
  • 1301, 1302, 1303
LPO 2003:
  • GHR: 5a, 5c
  • GyGe: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • SP1. Fach: 5a, 5c
  • SP2. Fach: 4b
  • BK: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
LPO 1994/2000:
  • E1
LABG 2009:
  • G: 703, 704
  • HRG: 601, 1001
  • GyGe/BK: 601, 701, 702, 1001
  • SP: 703
Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/

Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften:

  • B.A.ALK: Kern 6abc, 7a, 8a Komp 3abcd, 4a
  • B.A.AS: Kern 6bc, Komp 4a
  • M.A.ALK: 1abcd, 4c
  • M.A.AS: 2ab