Mr. Grey. Sfumature di lusso e lussuria

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Poiché da meno di un mese è in libreria Grey, il punto di vista di Mr. Grey tratto dalla serie delle Cinquanta sfumature di E.L. James, immagino che tutti gli appassionati della saga avranno già acquistato e letto questo libro da spiaggia.

Per molti lettori il successo dei romanzi d’amore di E.L. James è dovuto in particolare all’aver trattato e diffuso il tema del BDSM, o di un modo di esprimere la propria sessualità in una sadica relazione di dominazione/sottomissione. Se questo fosse vero, la buona notizia sarebbe dunque che siamo ancora in grado di scandalizzarci.

Vorrei perciò dare il mio contributo nel chiarire la natura letteraria di questa saga, proponendo un approccio un poco insolito: la lettura dei tagcloud (che ho realizzato con Tagul), ovvero la rappresentazione grafica delle parole più frequenti nel testo del romanzo.

Dunque qui di seguito vedete i tagcloud dei tre libri: Cinquanta sfumature di grigio; Cinquanta sfumature di nero; Cinquanta sfumature di rosso.


In lingua inglese, già lo saprete, i titoli originali godono forse di una maggiore poeticità. Tradotti: Cinquanta sfumature di grigio (Grey); Cinquanta sfumature di oscurità (Darker); Cinquanta sfumature di libertà (Freed).

       


Balza subito all’occhio come ricorra con la maggiore frequenza, in tutti e tre i libri, il nome del protagonista maschile, al quale appunto è dedicata l’ultima pubblicazione Grey. Altri termini popolano la saga con una certa insistenza, oltre ai nomi dei personaggi: mano; occhi; testa; capelli; mormora; bocca; voce; sorriso etc. In lingua originale è più chiara inoltre l’elevata frequenza di time, gaze (oppure see) mi pare.

Per esperimento, ho realizzato anche il tagcloud di Grey, di cui però ho potuto leggere solo l’anteprima di Amazon.

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Nonostante sia solo un’anteprima, vedete che i termini più frequenti corrispondono alle nostre aspettative: occhi; bocca; mano; voce… e i nomi dei protagonisti.

Ora vi chiedo uno sforzo di immaginazione, e un salto nel tempo. Pubblico qui di seguito il tagcloud di un famosissimo romanzo d’amore dei primi del Novecento, High Noon (1909) di Elinor Glyn (lo scaricate gratis dal mio sito). Praticamente l’autrice che inventò il genere del romanzo rosa. In italiano, sempre gratis da mio sito, potrete leggere L’Innamorata della Contesssa Lara.

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Notate nulla? Ecco ritornare: faccia; occhi; mano; guardare; tempo; capelli…

Restiamo sul genere, ma torniamo all’attualità. Leggiamo ora due notissimi romanzi d’amore italiani: il libro di Margaret Mazzantini Non ti muovere (2001) e Per sempre (2011) di Susanna Tamaro.

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Forse si noterà… Pare proprio che ci siano termini che caratterizzano il genere rosa: mano; voce; testa; tempo; occhi etc.

Poiché l’intento denunciato in questo articolo è quello di chiarire quanto abbia contribuito al successo di E.L. James l’aver trattato il tema del BDSM, introduco qui sotto altri due tagcloud, due riferimenti letterari autorevolissimi se si discute di sadomasochismo, bondage, fetish, dominazione etc.: Justine o le disavventure della virtù (1791) del Marchese De Sade e Histoire d’O (1954) di Pauline Réage (alias Anne Desclos).

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Bene. Cosa notiamo? Restano frequenti i termini: bocca; mani; tempo etc. Compaiono però altri vocaboli, direi evocativi: crimine; ginocchia; crudele; dolore; morte; Dio; lacrime; cosce; seni; fuoco; frusta etc.

Ora forse appare più chiaro che la saga Cinquanta sfumature, nonostante tratti il tema del BDSM, resti sostanzialmente un classico romanzo d’amore. Il sesso, che nell’interpretazione di De Sade e Desclos è veicolo di sublimazione verso un piacere spirituale, per E.L. James resta un fatto del tutto fisico, incapace di elevarsi, curioso di nulla.

Lo spazio metaforico che divide i protagonisti del racconto e che genera quell’eccitante tensione che eccita il lettore, nelle Cinquanta sfumature è una differenza di classe mentre in De Sade è una lacuna spirituale, in Desclos è la devozione di un’amante.

Al termine della lettura, per cosa abbiamo trepidato? Cosa abbiamo desiderato? Pensiamoci bene, poiché i nostri desideri son cosa assai preziosa. Ė facile sbagliarsi e confondere lusso per lussuria.

Non è cosa di poco conto. Per De Sade per esempio era il paradigma del proprio programma politico. Perciò se aspirate a oltrepassare le mani, la faccia, gli occhi, la testa, i capelli e desiderate piacere anziché compiacere, per cortesia, affrancatevi da E.L. James.

“High Noon”

E. Glyn, “High Noon”.

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“High Noon” was published in 1909 by D. Appleton and Company as a new sequel to “Three Weeks” (1911).

This interactive digital edition includes Interactive Notes and Chapters, News about the Author, News about the Book, a very interesting Tag cloud of the Book and a link to connect to the Goodreads community to ask questions and share comments and opinions.

Chapters:

  • Foreword
  • High Noon
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  • Bibliography

“One Day”

E. Glyn, “One Day”.

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[Other books by Elinor Glyn]

“One Day” was published in 1909 by D. Appleton and Company as a sequel to “Three Weeks” (1907).

This interactive digital edition includes Interactive Notes and Chapters, News about the Author, News about the Book, a very interesting Tag cloud of the Book and a link to connect to the Goodreads community to ask questions and share comments and opinions.

Chapters:

  • Foreword to my American friends
  • One Day
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  • Bibliography

“Three Things”

E. Glyn, “Three Things”.

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“Three Things” was published in 1915 by D. Appleton and Company.

This interactive digital edition includes Interactive Notes and Chapters, News about the Author, News about the Book, a very interesting Tag cloud of the Book and a link to connect to the Goodreads community to ask questions and share comments and opinions.

Chapters:

  • Three Things
    Introduction
    I. The Old Order Changeth
    II. The Gospel of common sense
    III. Marriage
    IV. After Marriage
    V. Should divorce be made easier?

    VI. The Responsibility of Motherhood

    Pre-natal influences
    The case of two women
    Fore-thought for beauty
    The spiritual mother

    VII. The responsibility of motherhood. Second paper

    Looking ahead
    The first obligation
    A Hatred Of Preaching
    Inherited Character
    Instincts unchecked
  • Bibliography

“Beyond the Rocks”

E. Glyn, “Beyond the Rocks”.

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[Other books by Elinor Glyn]

This ebook contains a detailed bibliography including all the publications of the Author. The beautiful young Theodora Fitzgerald belongs to a family of a noble lineage whose fortunes have waned and who have lived in near poverty for most of her life. The book begins with her arranged marriage to Josiah Brown, a nouveau-riche Australian in his fifties. The marriage was contracted for convenience: Josiah simply wants a pretty and aristocratic wife to improve his standing in society, and the Fitzgerald family are in need of Brown’s financial resources. Theodora only agrees to the marriage for the sake of her father and sisters. Immediately after the wedding, Josiah falls ill. Theodora proves a dutiful and capable wife, and attends to her husband’s every need, though she is secretly very unhappy. After a year of marriage, Josiah is well enough to visit Paris, where Theodora sees her father, Dominic, again for the first time since her wedding. She is thrilled to observe that at least he is receiving all the benefits she’d hoped to bring from her sacrifice: he now runs in aristocratic circles and is courting a wealthy American widow, Mrs. McBride. Theodora attends several social outings with her father, and at one dinner is introduced to Hector, Lord Bracondale (to be continued..). (extract from Wikipedia).

This interactive digital edition includes Interactive Notes and Chapters, News about the Author, News about the Book, a very interesting Tag cloud of the Book and a link to connect to the Goodreads community to ask questions and share comments and opinions.

Chapters:

  • Beyond the Rocks. A love story
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    XXX.
    XXXI.
  • Bibliography

“Halcyone”

E. Glyn, “Halcyone”.

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[Other books by Elinor Glyn]

This interactive digital edition includes Interactive Notes and Chapters, News about the Author, News about the Book, a very interesting Tag cloud of the Book and a link to connect to the Goodreads community to ask questions and share comments and opinions.

This ebook contains a detailed bibliography including all the publications of the Author. “Halcyone” was published in 1912. Elinor Glyn was a British novelist and screenwriter who worked for a long time in Hollywood as a producer and director. She created the erotic romance literary genre. In the Twenties of the twentieth century was one of the most prominent names of popular culture, especially in countries of the English-speaking area. She helped to create the myth of Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson, and Clara Bow.

Chapters:

  • Halcyone
    Chapter I
    Chapter II
    Chapter III
    Chapter IV
    Chapter V
    Chapter VI
    Chapter VII
    Chapter VIII
    Chapter IX
    Chapter X
    Chapter XI
    Chapter XII
    Chapter XIII
    Chapter XIV
    Chapter XV
    Chapter XVI
    Chapter XVII
    Chapter XVIII
    Chapter XIX
    Chapter XX
    Chapter XXI
    Chapter XXII
    Chapter XXIII
    Chapter XXIV
    Chapter XXV
    Chapter XXVI
    Chapter XXVII
    Chapter XXVIII
    Chapter XXIX
    Chapter XXX
    Chapter XXXI
    Chapter XXXII
    Chapter XXXIII
    Chapter XXXIV
  • Bibliography

“His Hour”

E. Glyn, “His Hour”.

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[Other books by Elinor Glyn]

This ebook contains a detailed biography including all the publications of the Author. Gritzko is a Russian nobleman and Tamara is the object of his desire.

This interactive digital edition includes Interactive Notes and Chapters, News about the Author, News about the Book, a very interesting Tag cloud of the Book and a link to connect to the Goodreads community to ask questions and share comments and opinions.

Chapters:

  • Author’s note
  • His Hour
    Chapter I
    Chapter II
    Chapter III
    Chapter IV
    Chapter V
    Chapter VI
    Chapter VII
    Chapter VIII
    Chapter IX
    Chapter X
    Chapter XI
    Chapter XII
    Chapter XIII
    Chapter XIV
    Chapter XV
    Chapter XVI
    Chapter XVII
    Chapter XVIII
    Chapter XIX
    Chapter XX
    Chapter XXI
  • Bibliography

“Man and Maid”

E. Glyn, “Man and Maid”.

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This ebook contains a detailed bibliography including all the publications of the Author. 1922: Glyn, English novelist, whose best-selling romantic novels were once considered daring and slightly scandalous. Man and Maid begin: “February 1918. I am sick of my life, The war has robbed it of all that a young man can find of joy. I look at my mutilated face before I replace the black patch over the left eye, and I realize that, with my crooked shoulder, and the leg gone from the right knee downwards, that no woman can feel emotion for me again in this world. So be it-I must be a philosopher”. (extract from Goodreads).

This interactive digital edition includes Interactive Notes and Chapters, News about the Author, News about the Book, a very interesting Tag cloud of the Book and a link to connect to the Goodreads community to ask questions and share comments and opinions.

Chapters:

  • Man and Maid
    I.
    II.
    III.
    IV.
    V.
    VI.
    VII.
    VIII.
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    XVI.
    XVII.
    XVIII.
    XIX.
    XX.
    XXI.
    XXII.
    XXIII.
    XXIV.
    XXV.
    XXVI.
  • Bibliography

“Red hair”

E. Glyn, “Red hair”.

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[Other books by Elinor Glyn]

This ebook contains a detailed biography including all the publications of the Author. A free-spirited young girl has three middle-aged admirers, each of whom sees her from a completely different perspective. Unknown to her, they also happen to be the guardians of a wealthy young man to whom she is attracted. (extract from from Imbd).

This interactive digital edition includes: Interactive Notes and Chapters, News about the Author, News about the Book, a very interesting Tag cloud of the Book and a link to connect to the Goodreads community to ask questions and share comments and opinions.

Chapters:

  • Red Hair
    Branches Park, November 3.
    Thursday evening.
    Thursday night.
    Branches Park, Thursday night, November 3.
    Branches, Friday night, November 4th.
    Branches, Saturday afternoon, November 5th.
    Tryland Court Headington, Wednesday, November 9th.
    Wednesday, November 9th., (Continued.)
    Night.
    Tryland, Thursday, November 10th., Branches, Wednesday.
    Tryland Court, Monday, November 14th.
    Tuesday night.
    300 Park Street, Saturday night, November 19th.
    300 Park Street, Wednesday, November 23d.
    Night.
    300 Park Street, Thursday evening, November 24th.
    Thursday night, November 24th.
    300 Park Street, Friday morning, November 25th.
    300 Park Street, Friday night.
    Claridge’s, Saturday, November 26th.
    Sunday afternoon.
    Claridge’s Sunday evening, November 27th.
    Claridge’s, Sunday night, November 27th.
    Claridge’s, Monday morning.
    Claridge’s, Monday afternoon.
    Monday afternoon., (Continued.)
    Claridge’s, Monday night.
    Tuesday morning, November 29th.
    Carlton House Terrace, Thursday night.
    Carlton House Terrace, December 21st.
  • Bibliography

“The Career of Katherine Bush”

E. Glyn, “The Career of Katherine Bush”.

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[Other books by Elinor Glyn]

This ebook contains a detailed bibliography including all the publications of the Author. “The Career of Katherine Bush” was published in 1916 by D. Appleton and Company. Elinor Glyn was a British novelist and screenwriter who worked for a long time in Hollywood as a producer and director. She created the erotic romance literary genre. In the Twenties of the twentieth century was one of the most prominent names of popular culture, especially in countries of the English-speaking area. She helped to create the myth of Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson, and Clara Bow.

This interactive digital edition includes Interactive Notes and Chapters, News about the Author, News about the Book, a very interesting Tag cloud of the Book and a link to connect to the Goodreads community to ask questions and share comments and opinions.

Chapters:

  • The Career of Katherine Bush
    Chapter I
    Chapter II
    Chapter III
    Chapter IV
    Chapter V
    Chapter VI
    Chapter VII
    Chapter VIII
    Chapter IX
    Chapter X
    Chapter XI
    Chapter XII
    Chapter XIII
    Chapter XIV
    Chapter XV
    Chapter XVI
    Chapter XVII
    Chapter XVIII
    Chapter XIX
    Chapter XX
    Chapter XXI
    Chapter XXII
    Chapter XXIII
    Chapter XXIV
    Chapter XXV
    Chapter XXVI
    Chapter XXVII
    Chapter XXVIII
    Chapter XXIX
    Chapter XXX
    Chapter XXXI
    Chapter XXXII
    Chapter XXXIII
  • Bibliography