Sadism and masochism in fiction

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The role of sadism and masochism in fiction has attracted serious scholarly attention. Anthony Storr has commented that the volume of sadomasochist pornography shows that sadomasochistic interest is widespread in Western society; [1] John Kucich has noted the importance of masochism in late-19th-century British colonial fiction. [2] This article presents appearances of sadomasochism in literature and works of fiction in the various media. [3] [4] [5]



Titles are sorted in chronological order.

Pre-19th century

19th century

Illustration from Le Magnetisme du Fouet, ou les Indiscretions de Miss Darcy (1902) by Jean de Villiot. Note this is the French translation of The Romance of Chastisement (1866). Illustrator is unknown, though is possibly William Adolphe Lambrecht. Woman Spanked by Another Woman Whilst Held Down by a Third Woman.jpg
Illustration from Le Magnétisme du Fouet, ou les Indiscrétions de Miss Darcy (1902) by Jean de Villiot. Note this is the French translation of The Romance of Chastisement (1866). Illustrator is unknown, though is possibly William Adolphe Lambrecht.

At Mokroe I was talking to an old man, and he told me: 'There's nothing we like so much as sentencing girls to be thrashed, and we always give the lads the job of thrashing them. And the girl he has thrashed to-day, the young man will ask in marriage to-morrow. So it quite suits the girls, too,' he said. There's a set of de Sades for you! But it's clever, anyway. [47]

20th century

21st century

Mainstream films

The following films feature BDSM as a major plot point. [97]









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