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A List of Published Fiction Containing Illegal Sexual Activities [May. 30th, 2007|04:35 pm]
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ETA: I'm adding all new suggestions to the list; a couple people offered to alphabetize it, by author and/or story title; I'm plugging all the new suggestions in, and will post when done. Thank you so much!

OMFG, you guys. OMFG. You are amazing. This is the huge-ass list of my dreams: thank you so much to everyone who contributed!

The purpose of this list of illegal sex acts in published fiction is to provide a starting point for thinking aout the representation of transgressive sex in literature -- and how to integrate fanfic into those discussions. Fandom is an *artistic community*, and we need to tie issues of fanfiction into those of broader literary and artistic concerns, which will be of paramount importance in making our case: this not simply about suppressing a bunch of Harry Potter perverts, but cuts at the very heart of our concepts of literary and artistic freedom.

So, published literature containing illegal sexual activities. It is by no means exhaustive, it just reflects the ransacked bookshelves of random splendid folks in LJ land, but as you can see, it's a HELL of a list. There are texts on here that are pillars of the literary canon, and there is shameless porn that comes wrapped in brown paper. There is material that condemns the illegal sex, material that celebrates it, and everything in between.

I'm saving my longer thoughts -- a fuller contextualization of this list -- for another post; I think this is nearing post limits. :D But I wanted to briefly point out a few things. First, while a great many texts condemn the sex acts being described, not all of them do so -- many treat them neutrally, many romanticize or eroticize them, and some even treat them positively. Rape, especially rape of a child by an adult, is most likely to be condemned in modern Western literature, unless you're de Sade; however, even that's not a given, as several folks mentioned the "bodice-ripper" genre of older romance novels. There's also the genre of sexual slave narratives, which are arguably all dubious consent.

Prostitution (with the exception of child prostitution) is interesting: there are certainly numerous condemnations of prostitution and prostitutes, but there are also a number of sympathetic depictions of prostitutes *themselves* in literature and culture -- the "hooker with a heart of gold" trope shows up in too many places to name.

Incest is likely to be condemned when it's parent-child, but all bets are off for sibling incest, which is often romanticized or eroticized. A number of people pointed out cases of first-cousin marriage (i.e., Austen's Mansfield Park), which is currently illegal in roughly half of US states.

"Underage sex" can cover everything from child molestation to little kids fooling around with each other to consensual teenage sex; it's kind of a catch-all category for fiction depicting anything involving young people and sexuality in ways that would, if enacted in real life, violate or dance at the edge of laws policing young people and sexuality.

So, yes. On to the list.

Very lightly formatted, no organization beyond posting order. I tried not to repeat texts, and tried to get everything in, but, as always, mistakes have been made.


The complete works of V.C. Andrews: incest, underage sex
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov: underage sex
It, Stephen King: underage -- barely pubescent! -- group sex
The Magic Toyshop, Angela Carter: incest
"The Company of Wolves," Angela Carter: underage sex, quasi-bestiality
"The Heart of the Forest," Angela Carter: incest, underage sex
Fool for Love, Sam Shepard: incest
Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare: underage sex (Juliet is 13/14)
Laon and Cythna, Percy Shelley: incest
The Cenci, Percy Shelley: incest
My Secret Life, Anonymous (an extremely important work of Victorian pornography): you name it, it's in there
Mathilde, Mary Shelley: incest
The Oedipus plays, Sophocles: incest
"Strange Bedfellows," Randi Kreger: incest
Manfred, Lord Byron; incest
The Secret History, Donna Tartt; incest
Absalom, Absalom, William Faulkner.
The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman: underage sex
The Kiss, Kathryn Harrison: incest
Bee and Jacky, Carolyn Coman: incest
When Jeff Comes Home, Catherine Atkins: pedophilia
Ian McEwan, The Comfort of Strangers: Roofies and Rape
Ian McEwan, Atonement: Rape of an underage girl
Ian McEwan, The Cement Garden: incest, underage sex
Tigana, Guy Gavriel Kay: Incest.
Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley: Incest.
The Psalms of Herod, Esther Friesner: underage sex and rape
Kushiel's Dart, Jacqueline Carey: underage sex
Metamorphoses, Ovid: rape, incest, bestiality
Cyteen, CJ Cherryh: underage sex and group sex, rape, and acts which are arguably incestuous.
Belinda, Anne Rampling (Anne Rice): underage sex
Ada, or Ardor, Vladimir Nabokov: incest
Hotel New Hampshire, John Irving: incest
Hamlet, Shakespeare: incest (implied)
Mansfield Park, Jane Austen: incest (first-cousin marriage)
Persusasion, Jane Austen: incest (first-cousin marriage)
The Bone Parade, Mark Nykanen: rape, underage sex
The Color Purple, Alice Walker: rape and incest
The Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R. Martin: Rape and incest
Songs of the Humpback Whale, Jodi Picoult: incest, plus some more strongly implied incest, underage sex
Vanishing Acts, Jodi Picoult: underage sexually-based child abuse (this may be a stretch as there's no confirmed sex and it's her stepfather, not her natural parent, doing the abusing)
Salem Falls, Jodi Picoult: incest and underage sex
Crashing Down, Meg O'Brien: incest
Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown: underage sex
A Place to Call Home, Jackie French Koller: implied incest
Treacherous Love: The Diary of an Anonymous Teenager, Beatrice Sparks: underage sex
Annie's Baby: The Diary of Anonymous, a Pregnant Teenager, Beatrice Sparks: underage sex
It Happened to Nancy: By an Anonymous Teenager, Beatrice Sparks: underage sex
Go Ask Alice, Beatrice Sparks: underage sex, drug abuse
Mabinogian (medieval Welsh collection of legends): incestuous noncon genderswap bestial mpreg
Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald; incest, underage sex, pedophilia, rape
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides; incest, underage sex
The Tale of the Miller's Daughter, JoSelle Vanderhooft: Underage sex is mentioned in passing,rape and torture.
Perfect Match, Jodi Picoult: underage sex
Aestival Tide, Elizabeth Hand: incest
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte: near-incest (Jane almost marries her first cousin)
The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko: underage sex
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou: child rape
How I Learned To Drive, Paula Vogle: underage sex / consensual incest
Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson: rape
Catalyst, Laurie Halse Anderson: child sexual abuse
Beloved, Toni Morrison: bestiality
The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison: incest, rape
The Cure for Death by Lightning, Gail Anderson-Dargatz: incest, rape, bestiality
Satyricon, Petronius: you name it, it's in there
The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold: underage sex/rape and murder.
Daughter of the Forest, Juliet Marillier: underage sex/rape
The Black Jewels Trilogy, Anne Bishop: underage sex, child prostitution, rape, incest
The Happy Hooker, Xaviera Hollander: prostitution
Regina's Song, David and Leigh Eddings: incestuous themes
Bloodtide, Melvin Burgess: incest, bestiality
Táin Bó Cúailnge (medieval Irish collection of legends): you name it, but especially incest
Rose in Bloom, Louisa May Alcott: incest (first-cousin marriage)
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez: incest
The Holy Innocents, Gilbert Adair: incest
The Book of Ruth, Jane Hamilton: incest
Slammerkin, Emma Donoghue: incest
The Virgin Suicides, Jeffrey Eugenides: incest
White Oleander, Janet Fitch: gay sex with a minor
The Witching Hour (and sequels), Anne Rice: incest, underage sex, mixing sex with Jesus-like characters
Cry to Heaven, Anne Rice: underage sex, plus some mild incest
The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, Anne Rice: underage sex, slavery
120 Days of Sodom, Marquis de Sade: rape, bestiality, torture, underage sex, and oh so much more
Incest, Marquis de Sade: incest, etc.
Justine, Marquis de Sade: you name it
Juliette, Marquis de Sade: likewise
Kafka on the Shore, Murakami: incest, underage sex
The Wayfarer Redemption series, Sara Douglass: multiple instances of rape and canonical justification for an entire family perpetuated largely through incest
King's Dragon, Kate Elliot: rape
As Meat Loves Salt, Maria McCann: multiple instances of rape
A Density of Souls, Christopher Rice: rape and underage sex
Mysterious Skin, Scott Heim: pedophilia and rape
Mystic River, Dennis Lehane: pedophilia and rape
Winter Birds, Jim Grimsley: incest and sexual abuse
Dream Boy, Jim Grimsley: incest, sexual abuse and underage sex
A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess: rape, child rape
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Tom Robbins: underage sex
Arabian Nights: incest, underaged sex
Set This House In Order, Matt Ruff: incest, childhood sex abuse
The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy: incest, child molestation
Kaffir Boy, Mark Mathabane: Pedophilia, underaged prostitution
Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh: underage sex, dead cocaine baby!
How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff: underage incest
Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi: Molestation, rape, pedophelia, mentions of bestiality
The Sandman, Neil Gaiman: Rape, necrophelia, incest, pedophelia
Lost Girls, Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie: incest, pedophilia, bestiality
Push, Sapphire: incest, underaged sex, rape, involuntary impregnation, and tons of other abuse
The Education of A Maiden, Anonymous: Underage incest
Merlin Trilogy, Mary Stewart: incest
The Once and Future King, T.H. White: incest
Le Morte d'Arthur, Thomas Malory: incest
Wasteland, Francesca Lia Block: incest
teach me, R.A. Nelson: underage sex between a teacher and student
Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden: underage sex
No Longer Human, Osamu Dazai: rape
Beauty, Sherri S. Tepper: underage sex, rape
Gate to Women's Country, Sherri S. Tepper: rape, underage sex, incest
The Monk, Matthew Gregory Lewis: rape and incest
Titus Andronicus, William Shakespeare (disputed): rape
Death in Venice, Thomas Mann: younger boy objectification
Donkeyskin, Robin McKinley: incest
Cereus Blooms at Night, Shani Mootoo: incest and underage rape
The Holy Sinner, Thomas Mann: incest
Phedre, Racine: incest
Pericles, William Shakespeare: incest
Equus, Peter Shaffer: bestiality
Junk, Melvin Burgess: underage sex as well as drug abuse, vandalism, shoplifting, failure to report discovered dead bodies to the authorities
Tne Passion of New Eve, Angela Carter: rape
The Infernal desire Machines of Dr. Hoffman, Angela Carter: rape, implied father/daughter incest, bestiality
Wise Children, Angela Carter: incest
Angels and insects, A.S. Byatt: incest
The Hippopotamus, Stephen Fry: bestiality
The Real Tom Brown's School Days, Chris Kent: underage sex
Baker's Boy Trilogy, J.V. Jones: incest
Barefoot Gen Bk 4, Keiji Nakazawa: gang-rape
City of Light, Lauren Belfer: rape
Street Lavender, Chris Hunt: sex with a minor
Mignon, Chris Hunt (sex with a minor)
The Ring of the Niebelungs (medieval German epic, also an opera cycle by Wagner): incest
The Dark Tower series, Stephen King: underage sex, mentions of rape
Dolores Claiborne, Stephen King: child molestation
The Library Policeman, Stephen King: Child molestation/rape
Lost Souls, Poppy Z Brite: underage sex, incest
The Carnivorous Lamb, Agustin Gomez-Arcos: Very underage sex, incest
Innocents, Kathy Coote: Underage sex, rape
Tithe, Holly Black: implied underage sex
Viewfinder, Yamane Amano: rape, rape, rape
Fanny Hill: Memoirs Of A Woman of Pleasure, John Cleland: incest
Malice, Danielle Steele: rape, incest
Kaleidoscope, Danielle Steele: rape, child molestation
Without Remorse, Tom Clancy: graphic rape and torture of a possibly underage girl
The Story of the Eye, Georges Bataille: underage sex, mutilation
The Romance of Lust, Anonymous: incest, pedophilia
The In Death series, J.D. Robb: incest
A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams: rape
The Manchurian Candidate, Richard Condon: incest
Princess Daisy, Judith Krantz: incestuous rape
Hannibal, Thomas Harris: incestuous rape
Deverry series, Katherine Kerr: brother/sister incest
Valdemar series, Mercedes Lackey: rape
The Fionavar Tapestry, Guy Gavriel Kay: rape
Gap quintet, Stephen Donaldson: rape
Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Stephen Donaldson: rape
Sword of Truth series, Terry Goodkind: rape
Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood: lots and lots of mentions of child pornography and snuff films
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles, Murakami Haruki: prostitution and rape
Nekotopia, Asuka Fujimori: implied underage sex
A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby: underage sex
The Bible: incest, underage sex, rape, child abuse, abuse of women
Lasher, Anne Rice: incest, underage sex, pedophilia
Belinda, Anne Rice: underage sex
The Vampire Armand, Anne Rice: categorically pedophilia
Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice: categorically pedophilia
A Spell of Winter, Helen Dunmore: incest
The Brothers Bishop, Bart Yates: incest, pedophilia, underage sex
Boy Culture, Matthe Rettenmund: prostitution
Sea Dragon Heir, Storm Constantine: incest, rape
Crown of Silence, Storm Constantine: incest, rape
Way of Light, Storm Constantine: incest, rape
Fruehlingserwachen (Spring's Awakening), Franz Wedekind: underage sex like woah
Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs. Pretty much everything, up to and including lots of paedophilia and snuff and murder
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling: implied incest (the Gaunts)
Earth Children serie, Jean M. Auel: underage sex, rape
Outer Dark, Cormac McCarthy: incest, woman has her brother's child
Pierre, or the Ambiguities, Herman Melville: incest
Tree of Crows, Lewis Davies: incest
Lady God, Lesa Luders: incest
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Alison Bechdel: underage sex, pedophilia.
The Petty Demon, Fyodor Sologub: underage sex, bdsm, corruption of youth, pretty boy crossdressing as a geisha
Moll Flanders, Daniel Defoe: incest
Ring, Koji Suzuki: rape
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley: underage sex
he Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan: underage marriage, rape,
The Speaker of the Dead, Orson Scott Card: incest
Star Wars: A New Hope novelization, George Lucas: implied twincest
The Books of Paradys, Tanith Lee: underage sex, pedophilia, rape, incest
Darkover series, Marion Zimmer Bradley: underage sex and lots of incest, specifically twincest in The Forbidden Tower
The Catchtrap, Marion Zimmer Bradley: underage sex
The Heart of a Witch, Judith Hawkes: incest, underage sex
Les faux-monnayeurs, Andre Gide: incest and underage sex
L'immoraliste, Andre Gide: underage sex
L'amant, Marguerite Duras: underage sex
Galactic Milieu series, Julian May: incest and majorly intergenerational interspecies procreation
Forever, Judy Blume: teenage sex
Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell: incest (first-cousin marriage)
The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, Anne Brashares: underage sex
Exposure, Kathryn Harrison: incest
Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon: rape, possible incest
Ash: A secret history, Mary Gentle: child rape, underage sex, child prostitution, rape
The Iron Dragon's Daughter, Michael Swanwick: underage sex
Little Altars Everywhere, Rebecca Wells: child molestation, implied incest
Geek Love, Katherine Dunn: incest, questionable consent
Christabel, Samuel Taylor Coleridge: girl on girl, child rape
Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak: rape
Wilhelm Reich in Hell, Robert Anton Wilson: rape, underage sex
Maia, Richard Adams: incest, rape, child prostitution
Blankets, Craig Thompson: rape, underage sex
The Apprentice, Scooter Libby: something involving a prepubescent girl and a bear in a cage
The Chosen, Ricardo Pinto: underage sex, incest, rape, graphic violence, torture (including maiming and deliberate emotional and physical trauma)
The Standing Dead, Ricardo Pinto: underage sex, incest, rape, graphic violence, torture (including maiming and deliberate emotional and physical trauma)
Halfway Human, Carolyn Ives Gilman: graphic rape, underage sex, "consensual" and non-consensual sex with neuter characters (asexual humans with no gender-specific physical bodies, i.e. neither male nor female and incapable of arousal)
Warchild, Karin Lowachee: underage rape, child abuse, graphic violence
The Holdfast Chronicles (series) by Suzy McKee Charnas: graphic violence, rape, abuse, incest, bestiality
The Birthday of the World And Other Stories, Ursula K. LeGuin: incest(?), polygamy, many depictions of "deviant" sexuality and social morals that some may find offensive
The Dead Rivers Trilogy, Naomi Kritzer: rape, underage rape, child abuse, incest(?)
The Silmarilion and The Children of Hurin, J.R.R. Tolkien: incest.
The Persian Boy, Mary Renault: rape, underaged sex, castration, sexual slavery
The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell: rape, forced prostitution
I, Claudius and Claudius the God, Robert Graves: incest, and really just about everything else.
The Alienist, Caleb Carr: child prostitution, abuse, sexualized serial murder of children
Children of Dune, Frank Herbert: sibling incest heavily implied
The Fog, James Herbert: pedophilia
Children of The Thunder, John Brunner: incest, rape
Sins of the Blood, Kristine Kathryn Rusch: incest
Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang, Kate Wilhelm: incest, clone-cest
Ghosts of Sleath, James Herbert: paedophilia.
Sepulchre, James Herbert: rape.
Haunted, James Herbert: implied incest
The Jonah, James Herbert: ends with possibility for necro-incest
Homo Faber, Max Frisch: incest
The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini: rape
Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy: dubious consent
Tom Jones, Henry Fielding: implied/mistaken incest
The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory: incest
Meridon/The Wideacre Triology, Philippa Gregory: incest
Fade, Robert Cormier: incest
Beast, Donna Jo Napoli: Graphic animal sex, sorta bestiality
Love Curse of the Rumbaughs, Jack Gantos: explicit Incest.
Set in Stone, Linda Newbery: incest
The Hanged Man, Francesca Lia Block: incest
Koolaids, Rabih Alameddine: underage (gay) sex
Incarnation, Daniel Easterman: underage sex, snuff by autoerotic asphyxiation
The Werewolf of Paris, Guy Endore: incest
The Silmarillion, JRR Tolkien: incest
The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger: prostitution
The Master Builder, Henrik Ibsen: paedophilia (strongly implied)
Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy: incest
Lucky, Alice Sebold: rape
"The Fall of the House of Usher," Edgar Allan Poe: incest
Sophie's Choice, William Styron: rape
Christy, Catherine Marshall: rape
Adam Bede, George Eliot: questionable consent
Sherlock in Love, Sena Jeter Naslund: incest
Love in a Cold Climate, Nancy Mitford: child abuse
The Teahouse Fire, Ellis Avery: child abuse
The War Zone, Alexander Stuart: incest, child abuse and rape.
The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger: underage clone-cest
Peyton Place, Grace Metalious: underage sex and incest
She's Come Undone, Wally Lamb: rape, underage sex.
Little Birds, Anaïs Nin: underage sex, incest
Delta of Venus, Anaïs Nin: underage sex, incest
Incest, Anais Nin: incest
Confessions of a Mask, Yukio Mishima: objectification of teenage boys, sadism
In Cold Blood, Truman Capote: rape
Faust, Goethe: desire for an underage girl
The Tin Drum, Günter Grass: sex with a minor
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers: underage sex
The Conference of the Birds, Farid Ud-Din Attar: adult/Child sexual interaction and romance
Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein: group sex, cannibalism
Farnham's Freehold, Robert Heinlein: rape, slavery, cannibalism, racism, castration, implied slash.
Time Enough for Love, Robert Heinlein: incest (brother/sister, son/mother), children of incest, attempted rape, polygamy, polyandry
To Sail Beyond the Sunset, Robert Heinlein: incest (brother/sister, son/mother, daughter/father), attempted rape, polygamy, polyandry
Friday, Robert Heinlein: polygamy, polyandry, rape
Vathek, William Beckford: child molestation, incest
Lord Satan, Louisa Bronte: underage sex, rape
"They Live on Levels," Terry Carr: underage sex
Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson: underage sex
Ariel, Lawrence Block: underage sex, rape
The World of Susie Wong, Richard Mason: child prostitution
"Portrait of a Child Bride on Her Honeymoon," Richard Brautigan: underage sex
The Night Listener, Armistead Maupin: child abuse, pedophilia, kiddie porn
Diplomacy of Wolves, Holly Lisle: rape
Candide, Voltaire: rape
Music and Silence, Rose Tremain: incest
At Swim, Two Boys, Jamie O'Neill: underage sex, sex between an adult and a minor
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling: implied incest in the Black family
The Collector, John Fowles: kidnap, rape, murder
Baise-moi, Virginie Despentes: rape & subsequent violence
Black Dahlia, James Ellroy: incest
Teleny, Oscar Wilde: rape
The Sky Lords, John Brosnan: sexual harassment, dub-con
Sjálfstætt fólk (Independent People), Halldór Laxness: incest, underage sex, rape
Atómstöðin (The Atom Station), Halldór Laxness: underage sex
Salka Valka, Halldór Laxness: rape, underage sex
Mýrin (Tainted Blood), Arnaldur Indriðason: rape
Huset med den blinde glassveranda (The House with the Blind Glass Porch), Herbjørg Wassmo: incest
Grandavegur 7, Vigdís Grímsdóttir: underage sex
Sagen om Isfolket series, Margit Sandemo: rape, incest and underage sex
Livets Døtre series, May Grethe Lerum: rape, incest
The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco: underage sex, rape
The Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari), Murasaki Shikibu: rape, underage sex
"We So Seldom Look on Love," Barbara Gowdy: necrophilia.
"The Executioner's Beautiful Daughter," Angela Carter: rape, father/daughter incest, brother/sister incest, family violence/murder.
"Master," Angela Carter: rape.
Amy and Isabelle, Elizabeth Strout: adult man/underaged girl relationship.
Mystery Ride, Robert Boswell: grown woman/underaged girl relationship, sex between two underaged teens.
Spring Moon, Bette Bao Lord: uncle/adult niece incest.
Bastard Out of Carolina, Dorothy Allison: rape/molestation of underaged girl, several scenes of underaged girls masturbating, several scenes of underaged girl having BDSM fantasies.
Jacob Have I Loved, Katherine Patterson: underaged girl has strong (unreciprocated) sexual feelings for adult man
Roots, Alex Haley: repeated rape of underaged girl, implication of many other rapes.
Macho Sluts, Pat Califia: male and female rapes, BDSM, torture, incest, underaged girl/grown woman relationship, you name it.
Flederfiction, Tony DeBlase (a.k.a. Fledermause): male rape, hardcore torture scenes, snuff.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos: sexual blackmail/rape of underaged girl.
Pierre: Or the Ambiguities, Herman Melvile: brother/sister incest.
"The Deluge at Norderney," Isak Dinesen: a character tells a story-within-story which mentions a man purchasing "a virgin of twelve years" and making plans to deflower her.
"Blood of the Walsungen," Thomas Mann: brother/sister incest
Futz, Rochelle Owen: bestiality
The Kentucky Cycle, Robert Schenkkan: repeated rape, mutilation, forced pregnancy, infanticide.
Cloud Nine, Caryl Churchill: intimations of incest and underaged sex
And Baby Makes Seven, Paula Vogel: intimations of underaged sex
How I Learned to Drive, Paula Vogel: adult man/underaged girl relationship
Doubt, John Patrick Shanley: intimation of child molestation by priest, including an "enabling" parent
"Ghosts," Joanna Russ--rape
Diva, Nana, Luna, Lola, Vida and Alba, Daniel Odier (a.k.a. Delacorta): series depicting relationship between adult man/underaged girl, character takes "artistic" and clearly pornographic photographs of underaged girls.
Claudine at School, Colette--underaged girl/girl relationships, underaged girl/grown woman flirting, underaged girl/grown man flirting and kissing.
The Debutantes, June Pflaum Singer: father/daughter incest, rape, underaged girl/adult woman relationship, underaged girl rapes another underaged girl with a Coke bottle
The Marketplace series, Laura Antoniou: technically consensual sex slavery, but also contains several rapes
Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon: rape
Property Of, Alice Hoffman: rape, possibly of underaged girl (character's age is unclear)
White Horses, Alice Hoffman: brother/sister incest, intimations of rape
House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende: underaged girl/adult man relationship, multiple rapes, mutilation, torture
To Die For, Joyce Maynard: adult woman/underaged boy relationship
The Robber Bride, Margaret Atwood: child molestation/rape
The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood: rape, forced prostitution
The Painted Bird, Jerzy Kozinski: rape.
The Fantasticks, Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt: uses the word "rape" in the archaic sense of an abduction, but there's still a whole damned song devoted to singing its praises. (Stage play.)
The Golden Ass, Apuleius: bestiality
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley: incest (cousins raised as siblings)
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare: bestiality
Thumbelina, H. C. Andersen: implied bestiality
The Crown of Stars series, Kate Elliot: rape etc
The Gossip Girl series, Cecily von Ziegesar: teenage sex
Keeping You a Secret, Julie Ann Peters: underage lesbian sex.
Annie on My Mine, Nancy Garden: more underage lesbianism
Forever, Judy Blume: underage sex
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky: underage sex, underage gay sex, pedophilia
"The End of Alice," A.M. Homes: pedophilia, underage sex, homosexual prison sex and rape
Capitães da Areia, Jorge Amado: underage sex, pedophilia
American Psycho, Brett Easton Ellis: rape, torture etc.
Honour Thy Father, Lesley Glaister: incest, implied rape
Now and Then, William Corlett: underage (gay) sex, rape
The Basketball Diaries, Jim Carroll: Child abuse
Sleepers, Lorenzo Carcaterra: Child abuse
Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote: implied underage sex
The House Tibet, Georgia Savage: rape, incest and underage sex
'Tis Pity She's a Whore, John Ford: incest
"John Ford's ''Tis Pity She's a Whore,'" Angela Carter: incest
The Faerie Queen, Edmund Spenser: bestiality (group sex with satyrs. Satyrs!)
Troilus and Cresyde, Geoffrey Chaucer: incest
"The Squire's Tale," Geoffrey Chaucer: incest
Confesio Amantis, John Gower: incest
Der Vorleser, Bernhard Schlink: Underage sex, older woman/fifteen year old boy.
Death and the Maiden, Ariel Dorfman: rape, torture.
Ondskan/The Evil, (Swedish) Jan Guillou: underage sex, child abuse
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera: polygamy, hints of incest (desire towards a teenage step daughter)
Speaking with the Angel, ed. Nick Hornby: homosexual prison rape, underage sex
Countless poems by Hjalmar Söderberg: prostitution.
Stardust, Neil Gaiman: implied underage sex, even between a minor couple.
American Gods, Neil Gaiman: underage sex and rape, prostitution. Polygamy. Almost-necrophilia. Would sex with a cat-god count as bestiality?
Magician, Raymond E. Feist: heavily implied underage shenannigans
Battle Royale, Koushun Takami: Teenage sex, violence, attempted rape and prostitution. The manga goes a hell of a lot further with all of this
The Illuminatus Trilogy, R.A. Wilson. Pretty much everything, implied or otherwise.
Wizard and Glass, Stephen King: underage sex, a minor girl being sold to and sexually assaulted by an elderly man
The Rape of Lucrece", William Shakespeare: rape
Exiles volume one: Runes of Ambrai, Melanie Rawn: whorehouses stocked with underage boys
Shogun, James Clavelle: underage prostitution
Silk Road, Jeanne Larsen: underage sex
Les enfants terribles, Jean Cocteau: incest
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte: possible inces, forced marriage
The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden, Catherynne M. Valente: rape, incest, animal sex, underage sex, forced marriage
Melusine and The Virtu, Sarah Monette: rape, underage sex, prostitution, hint at incest
Glove Puppet, Neal Drinnan: underage sex, drug abuse, prostitution
Shame, Salman Rushdie: incest
One for the Money, Janet Evanovich: rape
Just Above My Head, James Baldwin: incest.
A Vision of Light, Judith Merkle Riley: underage sex/rape/incest.
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison: incest
The House of Gentle Men, Kathy Hepinstall: rape, and LOTS of sex with a minor
The Langoliers, Stephen King: pedophilic rape
Blood and Chocolate, Annette Curtis Klause: underage sex (adult and minor, between minors), implied incest, bestiality
"The Problem of Susan," Neil Gaiman: bestiality
"A Little Learning," Matthew Hughes: dub-con/rape
Rise of Gawain, Nephew of Arthur, Anonymous: rape
The Knight of the Sword, Anonymous: implied incest (father, daughter), attempted rape by sword
The Wars, Timothy Findley: rape in the military
Fiela's Child, Dalene Matthee: ambiguous incest
Clarissa, Samuel Richardson: rape
Pamela, Samuel Richardson: rape
The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, JT Leroy: pedophilia, rape
The Big Sky, A. B. Guthrie: rape (possibly statutory)
Into the Woods, Jean Hegland: rape, incest
The Realms of the Gods, Tamora Pierce: a relationship between a 16 year old girl and a 30 year old man
Uncle Vampire, Cynthia Grant: incest
Ariel, Stephen Brust: underage sex, maybe beastiality
Obsidian Butterfly, Laurel K Hamilton: a teenage boy has forced sex with a woman
Melusine, Lynn Reid Banks: incest, rape
Babar by Jean de Brunhoff: incest (first-cousin marriage)
ulie of the Wolves, Jean Craighead George: rape
Sons and Lovers, D.H. Lawrence: incest
Moon Tiger, Penelope Lively: incest
"A Rose For Emily," William Faulkner: implied necrophilia
Coyote Ugly by Lynn Siefer (stage play): incest, rape, and underage sex
My Sister in this House, Wendy Kesselman: incest, underage sex
The Winter Prince, Elizabeth E. Wein: mother/son incest (implied brother/brother)
The Catch Trap, Marion Zimmer Bradley: underage (gay) incest
Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons: rape
The Final Opus of Leon Solomon, Jerome Badanes: underaged, incest.
Two Girls, Fat and Thin, Mary Gaitskill: incest, underage, abuse; contains a scene where one teenage girl sexually assaults another with a toothbrush.
Sanctuary, William Faulkner: rape.
Yellow Dog, Martin Amis: rape, underage sex, will make you never want sex again
Watch Your Mouth, Daniel Handler: incest

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[User Picture]From: imaginarycircus
2007-05-31 07:47 am (UTC)
I totally forgot about the gay sex. Hallucinating Foulcault by Patricia Duncker, Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (though it is implied and not graphic at all.)
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[User Picture]From: ter369
2007-05-31 09:51 am (UTC)
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (though it is implied and not graphic at all.)

And adultery.
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[User Picture]From: anatsuno
2007-05-31 07:49 am (UTC)
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From: threeoranges
2007-05-31 07:51 am (UTC)
No, Eros ;)

Great stuff, kitsune!
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[User Picture]From: jain
2007-05-31 08:13 am (UTC)
This is an astonishing list. You have The Catchtrap by Marion Zimmer Bradley on here twice, though. Oh, and you might add "incest" to Teleny, Oscar Wilde, as well. It's part of a dream, but it's highly explicit.
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[User Picture]From: kyuuketsukirui
2007-05-31 08:22 am (UTC)
Are you taking more entries still?

First Love, Last Rites by Ian McEwan: underage sex (young teen boy raping his ten-year-old sister), pedophilia
In Between the Sheets by Ian McEwan: bestiality, underage (lesbian) sex
The Gap Cycle by Stephen R. Donaldson: sexual abuse of a baby (I see this is listed already, but it just has rape)
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[User Picture]From: huggyrei
2007-05-31 10:13 am (UTC)
Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo: I believe Fantine is only 15 when she comes to Paris and becomes pregnant (before the father abandons them both), eventually turning to prostitution (with a few rape overtones) to support herself and Cosette.
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[User Picture]From: augustfai
2007-05-31 09:52 am (UTC)
I LOVE THIS LIST. Needless to say the book gland within me is secreting graciously. (That sounds so wrong. I apologise.) But this list is bewildering and I applaud you for taking on the task.
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[User Picture]From: x_reggg
2007-05-31 10:17 am (UTC)
im completely forgot HP had implied incest.

way to go!
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[User Picture]From: j_s_cavalcante
2007-05-31 10:19 am (UTC)
Impressive list! I was going to say, don't forget the Bible...but oops, it's there; I must have missed it the first time.

Pretty much every offensive subject you can think of is in there somewhere. :)
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[User Picture]From: sivullinen
2007-05-31 10:33 am (UTC)
Love this list!

Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris: underage sex
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare: incest
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From: pretentioustfu
2007-05-31 11:26 am (UTC)
Hmm, my primary fandom needs to go in here, since you're listing manga:

Trigun by Yasuhiro Nightow: prostitution (both female and male), implied sexual slave markets, almost-rape (that ended with the wanna-be rapist being literally sliced in half by the slave's future "master,") potentially slightly implied non-human nonconsensual twin incest.
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[User Picture]From: equivalent_t
2007-05-31 11:09 am (UTC)
This list is too much love for words. <3

The most ironic thing in here probably is Harry Potter canoncest. I totally forgot it exists!
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[User Picture]From: elliemurasaki
2007-05-31 04:48 pm (UTC)
Probably because in the Black family, it's second cousins, and the Gaunt family are nowhere near sexy enough to write porn about. That I've seen. Of course, it's my opinion that Snape is nowhere near sexy enough to write porn about either, and...

Also, OP: Echoing the general chorus of love for this list, and adela_nightmoon's (and whoever else's) request for alphabetical ordering.
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[User Picture]From: manaie
2007-05-31 11:10 am (UTC)
This so needs to be alphabetically ordered... it's too much!

Fantastic job...
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[User Picture]From: glitterberrys
2007-05-31 11:22 am (UTC)
The Pact by Jodi Picoult involves a semi-graphic account of child molestation.

This is awesome, seriously.
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[User Picture]From: glitterberrys
2007-05-31 11:30 am (UTC)
Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley - incest
ttyl by Lauren Myracle - graphic sex talk involving underage girls
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[User Picture]From: gonzo21
2007-05-31 11:23 am (UTC)
Fantastic list. I applaud you.

The Great And Secret Show, Clive Barker: Bestiality. And it's a long time since I read it, but I think implied underage sex too.

Does people having sex with aliens count as bestiality? Because that's a whole new swathe of material right there.
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[User Picture]From: ladymina
2007-05-31 12:11 pm (UTC)
you can actually put about at least half of the romantic literature of the 19th century and earlier into the list for sex with a minor, cause todays definition of a minor (especially in the US) kinda clashes with their definition - actually it also clashes with a lot of definitions of minors in Europe - which means you can add quite a lot of todays teen-novels and the like - cause statuary rape (sp?) is defined a lot different (child under 14/16 )
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[User Picture]From: ellnior
2007-05-31 12:11 pm (UTC)
Great Job! That was very enjoyable. (Did you consider adding to the numbers on fandom_counts?; http://community.livejournal.com/fandom_counts/profile )
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[User Picture]From: wingwyrm
2007-05-31 12:16 pm (UTC)

Usually just a Lurker...

What really gets me, is that I think the most named illegal activity in the list? Incest. I haven't actually counted...

Also, a few more thoughts, did you think of posting with media other then books, cause, if you did? CSI. All of the them. Rape, murder, incest, pedophilia, and I'm pretty sure there was a episode in CSI/NCIS/L&O (one of those, if not all) with necrophilia. There are R rated rape scenes(flashbacks), children of father/daughter incest who is just(I think) 3? And is starting to get molested by her father/grandfatherwho is the same person....

Yeah. Law and Order. CSI. Watched by practically everyone.

WORD! And I totally forgot. "300" by Frank Miller. Um, implied rape of a, what... 12year old beautiful girl by mutated old guys. Book and Movie.
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[User Picture]From: sin_dot_com
2007-05-31 12:25 pm (UTC)
I'm proud of fandom. I've never seen so many people so united.
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[User Picture]From: rapunzelita
2007-05-31 12:33 pm (UTC)
Wow, this is great. I'm definitely meming this.

And you might want to add the short story Keepsakes and Treasures by Neil Gaiman - pedophilia, incest, rape, underage prostitution, and some sort of sexual enslaving
Snow Glass Apples, also by Neil Gaiman, has incest and some sort of necrophilia
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[User Picture]From: ragdoll
2007-05-31 12:40 pm (UTC)
Btw, re: Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, the incest is more than implied IF you've seen the official Black Family Tree (granted, it's not IN the book but it's in the film and readily available to any/all fans). Sirius Black's parents were second cousins. And considering the attitude about Purebloods in general, I'd say inbreeding/incest was pretty much prevalent through the entire series.

(sorry for being such a geek)
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[User Picture]From: elliemurasaki
2007-05-31 04:59 pm (UTC)
Inbreeding, yes. Incest, depends on definition. I'd say Sirius's parents are in the blurry line between what's incest and what's not, because they're second cousins. Anything farther apart than that probably doesn't count as incest.
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[User Picture]From: tropes
2007-05-31 12:44 pm (UTC)
The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks. Incest, adultery, abuse.
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[User Picture]From: gehayi
2007-05-31 01:02 pm (UTC)
Er...Robin McKinley's book is called Deerskin, not Donkeyskin.

More novels:

Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene features child abuse and a twelve-year-old girl falling in love with an adult male.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee contains accusations of interracial rape, a lynching, and the attempted murder of a child.

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston contains rape, wife-beating and killing in self-defense.

We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier turns on attempted rape and attempted murder.

Sex by Madonna features lesbianism, male homosexuality, sadomasochism, anilingus, and rape.

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett contains the rape of an underage girl while her brother watches.

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craigshead George involves child abandonment, child marriage and attempted rape of a child bride.

The Dead Zone by Stephen King features a subplot involving a serial killer who rapes and murders a number of females, including a seven-year-old girl. The serial killer also suffered sexual abuse at the hands of his mother.

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[User Picture]From: jacquez
2007-06-09 03:12 am (UTC)
Deerskin is based on the fairy tale Donkeyskin, though.

*she says, catching up on things a week later*
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[User Picture]From: fangirlsays
2007-05-31 01:26 pm (UTC)
Dunno if it's been mentioned, but "Prince of Tides" involves the rape of a young boy.

Also, what was the book taking place at a military school (thinly-disquised Citadel) about the cadets having underage sex?
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[User Picture]From: jadedissola
2007-05-31 03:18 pm (UTC)
Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy (He's a popular author around these parts ironically. He was friends with a former principalof the high school I attended.)

Also by Pat Conroy is The Great Santini and it's been ten years since I read it, but I recall there being rape.
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[User Picture]From: perivates
2007-05-31 01:40 pm (UTC)
Haven't seen this mentioned yet, but--

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, by Gregory Maguire - polyamorous relationship, group sex, and bestiality

...though I think it was a sentient Tiger, so I'm not sure if that would actually count. Also, I don't remember how old they all were when they went to that brothel, so they could have been underage. If anyone remembers and could clear this up, that would be super.
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[User Picture]From: jupiter_star
2007-06-01 02:49 am (UTC)
They were not underage, actually...the college was a post-secondary school, so the closest we would come would be if a couple of the characters were 17. But it's never mentioned if they are. The assumption would probably be safer that they were all of age.
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[User Picture]From: cussedness
2007-05-31 01:44 pm (UTC)
This is outstanding! Thank you so very much. This contributes not just to fandom, but to those of us who are currently writing fiction for publication, like myself.

There are so many giants of literature on this list, that the list can become a castle of intellectual defense for those of us who feel threatened by the possibility of censorship and harrassment from people such as WFI.

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[User Picture]From: violetisblue
2007-05-31 01:53 pm (UTC)

A Few More...

Maia, Richard Adams--adult man/underaged girl relationship, rape/sex slavery of underaged girls.

Shardik, Richard Adams--child enslavement, including implied sex slavery, child torture and murder.

Foxfire, Joyce Carol Oates--molestation of underaged girl.

"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been," Joyce Carol Oates--implied rape of underaged girl.

Domestic Arrangements, Norma Klein--explicit descriptions of two teens having sex, fourteen-year-old girl appears in a movie nude except for underpants and simulating sex on camera.

Little, Big, John Crowley--incest.

Clarissa, Samuel Richardson--rape.

Anywhere But Here, Mona Simpson--preteen girl takes nude photographs of younger children.

Exposure, Kathryn Harrison--father takes nude photographs of underaged daughter, strongly implied father/daughter incest.

Moll Flanders, Daniel Defoe--brother/sister incest (albeit accidental).
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[User Picture]From: violetisblue
2007-05-31 02:03 pm (UTC)

And A Few More...

Beasts, Joyce Carol Oates--rape, women photographed during/after sex without their consent.

The Honey Thief, Elizabeth Graver--preteen girl walks in on grown man masturbating (there's no sexual relationship between the two).

Perfume, Patrick Suskind--sexualized murders of teenaged girls, father with strong (unacted-upon) sexual feelings toward daughter

Mr. Bridge, Evan S. Connell--father with strong (unacted-upon) sexual feelings toward daughter

Olivia, Dorothy Strachey Bussy--romance between grown woman/underaged girl.
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From: frostious
2007-05-31 02:00 pm (UTC)
If you're taking any more, there A Time To Kill by John Grisham that contains two adult men rape an underaged girl.

Also, since you have some comics listed, are manga titles alright too? Because I have a few in mind that fit the list.
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