"[A]ll European poetry has come out of the Provencal poetry written in the twelfth century by the troubadours of Languedoc [...]. Let us grant that the language of passion was derived from a courtly literature, itself produced in the atmosphere of a certain heresy." (Pg 78 & 173)
[Article permitted by Tana Lee on Mon, 11/04/2013 - 10:07pm]
The "art of oneirocriticism" is the method of studying dreams as an oracle, to "decipher the signs that foretell the future" (Pg 14, 7). Dreams in general were considered important messages that the average person in antiquity would use to view their waking state in a new light and through analysis to prepare themselves for impending events.
[Article permitted by Tana Lee on Mon, 10/14/2013 - 11:42pm]
Again, Foucault can be a difficult read, although I've found that if you're willing to bull through the parts that would put you to sleep if you were to force yourself to fully understand each and every sentence, you can still get a huge amount from it without that effort, and just force it to be a smooth read.
[Article permitted by Tana Lee on Tue, 08/20/2013 - 12:22am]
Basically Foucault says that culturally many of us think that 'the powers that be' are repressing and suppressing our sexuality, and that it is our job to 'free' ourselves from the bondage of prudish institutions, laws and governments and experience our true selves through our sex. Then he says this is bunk. If you think this, you've been snookered.
[Article permitted by Tana Lee on Tue, 05/21/2013 - 12:06am]
Erotic art is expressive of sexual love and includes heterosexual, homosexual, auto-erotic, group, bestial and non-human expressions. In India, erotic art is especially significant because of its association with religious art, specifically, temple art. The three major religions of India - Hindu, Buddhism and Jaina - all incorporated erotic art into their temple designs. No matter the sect, religion or region, amorous couples were ubiquitous.
[Article permitted by Tana Lee on Sun, 04/07/2013 - 6:53pm]