Paratekster før og nu

Emma Lykke Høy, Sevdzan Ava Sadiku, Michelle Illum Wallin, Kara Rosina Kønig-Wheatley & Isabelle Bidstrup Knudsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The purpose of this project is to investigate the way in which BDSM and erotic topics were discussed in the 1980s and in the decade of 2010s, where two of the most well published erotic films produced in America, had their premieres. The purpose of this project is to look into the differences and resemblances in the way people address the erotic themes, based on the two films 9 ½ Weeks and Fifty Shades of Grey, respectively. The baseline of our analysis are six paratexts, and to complete the analysis, we make use of Gérard Genette’s definition of paratexts, and in addition his distinction between paratextual elements. Furthermore, we make use of Erwin Panovski’s approach in the analysis of the pictures/iconic paratexts. 
In order to examine the text in relation to the context we have employed pragmatics. Additionally, this project aims to discuss the boundaries between violence and BDSM as a sexual preference in society.
The results of this study show how the topic of erotics in the 1980’s were considered intriguing and as a novelty, while it in the year of 2015 was portrayed as a topic that would need an underlying insight or explanation.
This has entailed a distinct difference in the way the two films have been critiqued. Some people perceive Fifty Shades of Grey as distasteful and an encouragement to violent sexual behavior, whereas others view the film as loathsome towards BDSM.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato25 jan. 2016


  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Genette
  • BDSM
  • Paratexts
  • Panofsky
  • erotics
  • 9 1/2 Weeks