Sadism and masochism in fiction  

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Jupiter and Thetis (1811) by Ingres, Thetis is depicted in the painting by Ingres as pleading at the knees of Zeus: "She sank to the ground beside him, put her left arm round his knees, raised her right hand to touch his chin, and so made her petition to the Royal Son of Cronos" (Iliad, I).

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Sadism and masochism in fiction goes as far back as the Medieval "power of women" legends. However, if we consider Michel Foucault's dictum "Sadism ... appeared precisely at the end of the eighteenth century," we should accept that Marquis de Sade (Justine, 1791) was the first author of sadism.

The first description of the masochist fantasy, notably lacking in Sade comes in Venus in Furs (1870) by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.

In 1954 the Story of O by Pauline Réage gave voice to female masochism, followed closely by The Image (1956) by Catherine Robbe-Grillet.

In general, the contemporary depiction of sadism and masochism in fiction tends to be portrayed from the viewpoint of masochistic fantasy.

This was also the case in Fifty Shades of Grey (2011) by E. L. James, a best-selling trilogy of novels.

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