Literature and Pornography: a textual and contextual study of Dutch novels in the 1960s and 1970s.
The interaction between pornography and modern fiction has rarely been examined in Dutch literary studies. The present proposal seeks to remedy this by focusing on a corpus of pornographic and literary texts from the 60s and 70s written by renowned novelists (Ferron, Geeraerts, Heeresma, Krijgelmans, de Vree) who represent different forms of literature. To accommodate the various text types, the project starts from a hypothetical continuum with on the left side pornography (outside literary field?), erotic and popular fiction; in the middle ‘regular’ literary texts and on the right experimental texts. The aim is threefold: (1) investigate and compare, from a classical narratological viewpoint, the narrative organization of pornography and literature; (2) determine, by means of cognitive narratology, the ways in which pornography and literature reproduce or transform mental scripts; (3) analyze, through cultural narratology, the ways in which pornography and literature confirm or transcend ideological stereotypes. The project will not only show the interaction between pornographic and literary texts, it will also study a corpus of texts that has never been examined before. Moreover it will develop an integrated narratology enabling the analysis of narratives inside and outside the literary field. Lastly, the project shows the intrinsic (textual/narrative) and extrinsic (cultural/ideological) aspects of beliefs and views on the difference between literature and non-literature.