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Language and Desire : Encoding Sex, Romance and Intimacy - Keith Harvey

Language and Desire

Encoding Sex, Romance and Intimacy

By: Keith Harvey (Editor), Celia Shalom (Editor)

Paperback Published: 14th August 1997
ISBN: 9780415136921
Number Of Pages: 260

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This original and intriguing collection explores the pressures exerted upon language in the expression of romantic and sexual desire. Simultaneously, it reveals the ways in which language itself exerts its own constraints on the subject's capacity to express desire.
The contributors, while using the approaches and methods of empirical linguistics, engage directly with issues of relevance in gender studies and cultural studies. They examine and probe:
* language used to mediate romantic and sexual desire
* language used by the media to represent intimacy and desire
* attitudes and assumptions about romantic and sexual desire embodied in English
* implications for the construction of romantic and sexual identity

"Language and Desire is a unique and fascinating collection which explores how people use word-choice, narrative and voice to create a language of sexual desire.." -William Leap, American University, Washington, D.C.

About the Authorsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Wordsp. 19
Metaphors of Desirep. 21
Kissing and Cuddlingp. 43
'everybody Loves a Lover'p. 60
Narrativesp. 83
The Organisation of Narratives of Desirep. 85
'an Explosion Deep Inside Her'p. 106
Referencesp. 120
'you Would If You Loved Me'p. 123
Referencesp. 140
Voicesp. 141
'i Just Called to Say I Love You'p. 143
'bunnikins, I Love You Snugly in Your Warren'p. 170
That Great Supermarket of Desirep. 186
Notep. 203
Speaking Its Namep. 204
Discursive Categories and Desirep. 222
Indexp. 245
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ISBN: 9780415136921
ISBN-10: 041513692X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 14th August 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.57  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1