Eros in the Mind's Eye: Sexuality and the Fantastic in Art and Film

By Donald Palumbo | Go to book overview

7
Subliminal Seduction in Fantasy Illustration

GWENDOLYN LAYNE

Apparently directed at the minds and hearts of adolescents of all genders and ages, fantasy cover art, in reflecting something of the nature of the stories between the covers, suggests that the fantasy genre has ventured into areas of sexuality hitherto unexplored--except, perhaps, in Polaroid home photo sessions. Scantily clad damsels cling, struggle, swoon, or pose alluringly, while grim, improbably muscled heroes fend off equally grim, improbably muscled villains--or such mightily sinewed monsters as only Grendel's dam could love. Of course, there is nothing new in such compositions per se: Early pulps of all genres commonly depict this woman-in-danger/woman-in-bondage motif. But today's cover often is not only astonishingly erotic; it is also sometimes overtly, and once in a while covertly, pornographic.

Magazines such as Heavy Metal and Epic have helped raise the open expression of sexuality in popular fantasy art to a new plateau. The artwork has redefined "comic" graphics, for throughout it is often only a shade less sophisticated and elegant than the sumptuous cover illustrations. One of the reasons for this may be the concomitant change in story line. The transition from Superman to Conan means more than a shift in setting. The inhumanly chaste and virtuous superhero has become in

-95-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Eros in the Mind's Eye: Sexuality and the Fantastic in Art and Film
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this book
  • Bookmarks
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
/ 292

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.