Journeys Into The Void: Reformulations of Eroticism in Contemporary Fictions

This collection of short stories and the accompanying critical exegesis interrogates whether eroticism, as defined by Georges Bataille, is possible in contemporary erotic writing. The project employs a Lacanian lens through which to examine the notions of transgression, selfhood, transcendence and language as aspects of Bataillean eroticism. It argues that works in the erotica genre Continue Reading

Critical Thesis

These chapters make up the critical portion of my thesis. They are meant to be read in concert with the creative thesis. Eroticism Lacanian Psychoanalytical Theory, Bataille and Writing Eroticism Writing Erotic Fiction The Erotic Self Transgression Ecstasy: Transcendence, Feminine Jouissance and the Lacanian Real The Edge of Language It would be a great favour Continue Reading

Creative Thesis

These short stories make up the creative portion of my thesis. They are meant to be read in concert with the critical exegesis. Please note that these works are all of an adult nature and a number of them deal with themes that may be triggering to some readers. Please use your discretion when choosing Continue Reading

Not One Before The Other

Emily let the tiny, cloth-bound book fall open in her hands. Like a woman spreading her legs, it offered up its unique scent. Beneath the musty, sweet smell that all old books have, this one surrendered hints of pine resin, tobacco and the tart creaminess of baby’s milk. Eyes closed, she brought the open tome Continue Reading


The Project and its Goals Journeys Into the Void is a research by practice project comprised of two parts: a collection of twenty-one pieces of short fiction and a critical exegesis. The pieces of short fiction comply with the conventions of the erotic fiction genre and, while care has been taken to produce creative writing Continue Reading


This project depended on the contributions of many amazing people. I would like to formally acknowledge and thank them here. I am deeply indebted to my academic supervisors, Dr. Peter Jaeger and Leone Ross. Dr. Jaeger’s mollifying assertion that I didn’t have to read any Lacan if I didn’t want to worked to brilliant, inverse Continue Reading

Flesh Composed of Suns

The boxroom smelled like her cunt. Naya was unsure if the room had always smelled this way and her cunt had taken on its scent, or whether these sagging towers of paper had absorbed, had inhaled and held onto, the tang of her sex. She’d had so much sex there, it was impossible to know. Continue Reading


Definition and History Difficulties arise almost immediately when one seeks a concise definition of eroticism. The OED offers two: “erotic spirit or character; also, the use of erotic or sexually arousing imagery in literature or art,” and a medical/psychological definition: “a condition or state of sexual excitement or desire; a tendency to become sexually aroused, Continue Reading


Abecassis, Jack I. “The Eclipse of Desire: L’Affaire Houellebecq.” Modern Language Notes 115.4 (2000): 801–826. Web. 5 Feb. 2013. Attwood, Feona. Mainstreaming Sex: The Sexualization of Western Culture. I.B. Tauris, 2009. Print. Bailly, Lionel. Lacan: A Beginner’s Guide. London: Oneworld, 2009. Print. Barthes, Roland. The Pleasure of the Text. Trans. Richard Miller. New York: Hill Continue Reading


In this project, I have sought to compare and contrast contemporary and mainstream understanding of what is erotic against Bataille’s definition of eroticism. I argue that our culture perpetuates and commodifies nostalgia for taboos and transgressions we have, largely, already dispensed with. Where erotic writing was once a site of resistance against dominant social forces, Continue Reading