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The Hermeneutics Of Eroticism

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The chapter discusses about a female who is liquidated in favor of a phallocentric system of signification that asserts the male as the ontologically independent gender and privileges the male body and masculine in all arrangements of signification. In this mystical encounter that is explained in erotic terms are present the bosom/womb, touch/sexual intercourse, pearl/semen, pregnancy, and birth. In the Mathnawī the knowledge of the materiality of the body assists the hermeneutics of forms that are articulated to counter the forgetfulness of the symbolic function of the body. The dynamic interplay of clothing and nudity, context and content, aversion and inclination, repulsion and attraction, pain and pleasure, cruelty and mercy, sublimation and literalization, or remembering and forgetting, point to the interplay of the concealment and disclosure of esoteric secrets that links esotericism with eroticism.

Keywords: eroticism; hermeneutics; Mathnawī



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