n French Studies in Southern Africa - Un jardin d'Eros ou L'Homme Empêché de Salvat Etchart : Le satyriasis comme ruse psychologique d'évasion
|Article Title||Un jardin d'Eros ou L'Homme Empêché de Salvat Etchart : Le satyriasis comme ruse psychologique d'évasion|
|© Publisher:||Association for French Studies in Southern Africa (AFSSA)|
|Journal||French Studies in Southern Africa|
|Author||Zana Itiunbe Akpagu|
|Publication Date||Jan 2004|
|Pages||18 - 34|
|Keyword(s)||Ascension spirituelle, Consolation, Erotomania, Erotomanie, Escape, Etchart, Evasion, Frustrations socio-politiques, Psychologie de recompense, Psychology of compensation, Satyriasis, Socio-political frustrations and Spiritual ascension|
The link between literature and eros exists since time immemorial. In the fiction of the French Antilles, it is fairly new and in Salvat Etchart's L'homme empêché (1977) it is pornography become particularly matter of fact. The author paints detailed pictures of sexual practices. The present study seeks to explain the orgiastic behaviour of the protagonist and to understand the author's reasons for such a display.
The conclusion is reached that eroticism, in Etchart's work, is a form of revolt. The protagonist, undoubtedly a hedonist, is politically emasculated and socially frustrated and turns to satyriasis for consolation and a way of revenging himself against the morality of a society he blames for marginalizing him.
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