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Its Relatively Taboo, but...
Nobody Loves You Like Family
The topic of incest in classic literature stimulates complex reactions amongst readers due to religious and cultural prohibitions against incestuous relations. Given the sacred nature of families in most societies, incest epitomizes the greatest taboo in violation of family safety and security. Any deviation from this social rule is considered both morally and legally reprehensible.
Incest in Short Stories -
Lots Cave presents true stories of incest and the most wicked family erotica, free for your reading pleasure. Some stories are True Incest, some are purely Fantasy. Still others are ‘Faction', a mixture of fact with fiction. What is true and what is pure incest fantasy? Lot's Daughters welcome you to submit your own incest fantasies or true incest stories for publication on these pages at Lots Cave. Submit Here
Incest in Poetry -
Lots Cave presents wickedly intimate poetry celebrating the incest taboo, free for your reading pleasure. Lot's Daughters welcome you to submit your own incest poetry for publication on these pages at Lots Cave. Submit Here
Incest in Folktale's -
In their classical form, type 510B folktale's consist of a central incestuous motif: "The Father Who Wanted to Marry His Daughter." These folktale's include this specific element of incest.
The continued fascination of the topic of incest has evoked a great amount of scholarly
research, both from a sociological and psychological perspective. Research first
started during the early 20th century. It was during the 18th, 19th and early 20th
centuries in which incest as a literary theme was integrated into numerous if not
most works. It focused mostly on father-
Anthropologists and psychologists, seeking to understand the physical, moral, and
emotional taboos against incest as well as the frequent manifestations of incest
in literature, regularly select the Victorian age as their area of study. Yet clearly
the subject of incest appeared commonly in earlier literature, most notably in Jacobean
Drama and 18th-
Tragedy characterizes most incestuous relationships in both romantic novels and poetry of the Jacobean or Elizabethan era. Dr. Sigmund Freud classified these depictions as "the exacting of punishment for prohibited relationships" carried down from ancient times when the penalty was death for incest. Freud noticed incestuous themes within the relationships of many brothers and sisters depicted in literary works. For example, The White Doe of Rylstone, written in 1815, shows a brother and sister relationship which Freud interpreted implicitly as incestuous based on the unusual closeness of the main characters. Lord Byron's Manfred in 1817, and Shelley's Laon and Cythna in 1818, are both poems from this romantic era. Both of them depict incestuous relationships which resulted in tragic consequences.
Incest as a morally and socially unacceptable relationship drove the writings of many on this topic. Victorian era literature presents the subject of incest in a less explicit way. Critics offer The Mill on the Floss, written in 1860, and Wuthering Heights, written in 1847, as the two most prominent examples.
Stringent legal measures were enacted and enforced during both the Elizabethan and Victorian time periods regarding the legality of printing erotica of any subject matter. The entire concept of copyright was invented as a control to in order to censor free speech. This censorship via copyright significantly shaped the nature of erotic literature. Queen Elizabeth I officially created legal penalties against incest in 1583. She made sure that crimes of incest would be addressed appropriately (to her standards with no teeth) by setting up a High Commission Court which dealt with violations. However, it took many more years for England to pass another major law with real teeth in it called, the Punishment of Incest Act.
During the 19th century, incest in literature was made to appear less obvious in order to meet copyright requirements of the Victorian censors. It was not until the 20th century when Dr. Sigmund Freud once again brought the discussion of incest out into the open as a subject addressed in public forums. Only then did psychoanalytical studies of incest in literature begin to proliferate. Psychoanalytical analysis was being applied to detect incest which was real or inferred in regard to analyzing explicit or implicit sexuality in incestuous relationships.
Jane Ford, in Patriarchy and Incest from Shakespeare to Joyce written in 1998, theorizes that not only does James Joyces' Finnegan's Wake contain the incest theme, but also that a deeper examination of Joyces' Ulysses also uncovers it. Taking the Freudian approach, and by rereading literature to look for hidden meanings, Jane Ford presents an abundance of incestuous themes throughout literary works. Ford points directly to father and daughter relationships in many of Shakespeare's plays. She refers to narratives in Henry James' novels as well as to ambiguous meanings in Joseph Conrad's book, titled, Lord Jim.
The matter of incest in literature has actually produced a class of its own literature which predominantly consists of analyses based on the feminist perspectives or psychoanalytical research viewpoints. These analysis types have only emerged in recent years. However, previous studies by the esteemed Otto Rank who, in addition to Sigmund Freud, observed recurrent themes of incest in literature. Otto Rank's book, written in 1912, titled The Incest Theme in Literature and Legend (Das InzestMotiv in Dichtung und Sage), is considered today by psychology experts to be a pivotal work of psychoanalytical criticism on the subject of incest.
Real cases of incest are said by most of today's psychologists to manifest most often
with sex between fathers and daughters. This so-
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