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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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L'erotismo ("Eroticism", 1986) is a book by Italian scholar Francesco Alberoni.

The main discourse of the book is difference between female and male feelings for eroticism along the continuity/discontinuity axis, an approach I believe first explored by Georges Bataille, although Alberoni invokes Pascal Bruckner and Alain Finkielkraut (Le nouveau d├ęsordre amoureux).

It also mentions a 1894 amusing study by Francis Galton on skin sensitivity in women and men: "The relative sensitivity of men and women at the nape of the neck".

The book is well-informed and references Nina Baym (mother of Nancy Baym) and her work on women's fiction and female reading and writing practice (and the mishistoriography thereof). It equates female pornography with the novels of Barbara Cartland and her equivalents in Europe (Liala in Italy and Delly in France).

Also mentioned are Helen Hazel, the author of Endless Rapture: Rape, Romance and the Female Imagination, a work on the rape fantasy (bodice rippers), and Opus Pistorum by Henry Miller and Caresse Crosby.

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