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Ars erotica en die detrivialisering van die seksuele diskoers: ’n Aantekening by die seksualiteitsanalise van Michel Foucault

Johann Beukes
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 58, No 1 | a541 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v58i1.541 | © 2002 Johann Beukes | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 October 2002 | Published: 20 October 2002

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Johann Beukes, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Ars erotica and the detrivialization of the sexual discourse: An annotation to Michel Foucault’s analysis of sexuality

This essay is an attempt to detrivialize and depublicize the sexual discourse by reintroducing an aspect of Michel Foucault’s historiography of sexuality, namely his analysis of the intrinsic private nature of ars erotica, the classic notion of secretive eroticism. The article argues that sexuality has become an essentially public, objectifying and therefore oppressive discourse in modernity. By presenting the privatistic notion of ‘radical discretion’, it attempts to reclaim the deepest of ars erotica sentiments, namely the virtue of silence, in erotic contexts.


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