Friction And Fantasy

Author: Ramon Piñon Jr.

Publisher: BookVenture Publishing LLC

ISBN: 1641663618

Category: Social Science

Page: 386

View: 1653

Human sexuality resists simple or facile evaluations and no generalization can do justice to the vast inventory of sexual feelings, practices, or behaviors. Our sexuality is not only a source of joy, wonderment, emotional release, and happiness, but also of frustration, revenge, intimidation, and deadly power. Coming to grips with our sexuality is no easy task, for our attempts to understand ourselves, to distinguish between reality and illusion, are mired in mythologies of the past, misinformation, moral and religious imperatives, lack of scientific knowledge, and wishful thinking. By tracing the development of our understanding Friction and Fantasy: Opening Pandora's Box presents a historically informed way of trying to make sense of one of the most emblematic aspects of our humanity. Beginning with the seemingly simple query what is sex, Friction and Fantasy: Opening Pandora's Box provides for the general reader a wide ranging exploration of the complexities and mysteries of our multidimensional sexual universe - sexual fantasies, why we have sex, the mythologies of our sexual anatomy, love, sexual desire and arousal, orgasm in females and males, the taboo subject of solitary sex, the controversies regarding erotic preference and gender diversity, unusual sexual practices, sexual violence (rape, pedophilia and child sexual abuse), and the dilemmas of sexual discontent. Blending scientific and historical perspectives with literary commentaries, Friction and Fantasy: Opening Pandora's Box offers a wealth of information not easily available to the general reader in a stimulating and thought-provoking manner.

The Promiscuity of Network Culture

Queer Theory and Digital Media

Author: Robert Payne

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317597184

Category: Social Science

Page: 156

View: 3603

Liking, sharing, friending, going viral: what would it mean to recognize these current modes of media interaction as promiscuous? In a contemporary network culture characterized by a proliferation of new forms of intimate mediated sociality, this book argues that promiscuity is a new standard of user engagement. Intimate relations among media users and between users and their media are increasingly structured by an entrepreneurial logic and put to work for the economic interests of media corporations. But these multiple intimacies can also be understood as technologies of promiscuous desire serving both to liberalize mediated social connection and to contain it within normative frames of value. Payne brings crucial questions of gender, sexuality, intimacy, and attention back into conversation with recent thinking on network culture and social media, identifying the queer undercurrents of these current media dynamics.

Business Cycles

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9814470465


Page: N.A

View: 6837


Modernism and Market Fantasy

British Fictions of Capital, 1910-1939

Author: C. Mickalites

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230391532

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 245

View: 5732

Examining work from Ford and Conrad's pre-war impressionism through Rhys's fiction of the late 1930s, the author shows how modernist innovation engages with transformations in early twentieth-century capitalism and tracks the ways in which modernist fiction reconfigures capitalist mythologies along the fault lines of their internal contradictions.

How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy

Author: Orson Scott Card

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582971032

Category: Reference

Page: 140

View: 7516

Learn to write science fiction and fantasy from a master You've always dreamed of writing science fiction and fantasy tales that pull readers into extraordinary new worlds and fantastic conflicts. Best-selling author Orson Scott Card shows you how it's done, distilling years of writing experience and publishing success into concise, no-nonsense advice. You'll learn how to: utilize story elements that define the science fiction and fantasy genres build, populate, and dramatize a credible, inviting world your readers will want to explore develop the "rules" of time, space and magic that affect your world and its inhabitants construct a compelling story by developing ideas, characters, and events that keep readers turning pages find the markets for speculative fiction, reach them, and get published submit queries, write cover letters, find an agent, and live the life of a writer The boundaries of your imagination are infinite. Explore them with Orson Scott Card and create fiction that casts a spell over agents, publishers, and readers from every world.

The Bride of Anguished English

A Bonanza of Bloopers, Blunders, Botches, and Boo-Boos

Author: Richard Lederer

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429906391

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

View: 5370

For years wordsmith and punster Richard Lederer has charmed and delighted fans with his bestselling "Anguished English" series. In his funniest book yet, readers will again cherish the author's latest chronicle of the goofs and gaffes and fluffs and flubs of our anguished language. And the best part? Everything in here actually occurred! Nothing has been made up! Bloopers from foreign restaurants include: * "Our wines leave you nothing to hope for." * "As for the tripe served here, you will be singing its praises to your grandchildren on your deathbed." Excerpts from students' twisted history papers include: * "World War I made the people so sad that it brought on the Great Depression." * "America was founded by four fathers. Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented Congress. Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the Decoration of Independence, which says that all men are cremated equal and are well endowed by their creator." Hilarious illustrations by Jim McLean make The Bride of Anguished English the perfect book for anyone who loves English with all its blunders and bloopers and quips and quirks.

Bound and Gagged

Pornography and the Politics of Fantasy in America

Author: Laura Kipnis

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822375729

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 1426

In a book that completely changes the terms of the pornography debate, Laura Kipnis challenges the position that porn perpetuates misogyny and sex crimes. First published in 1996, Bound and Gagged opens with the chilling case of Daniel DePew, a man convicted—in the first computer bulletin board entrapment case—of conspiring to make a snuff film and sentenced to thirty-three years in prison for merely trading kinky fantasies with two undercover cops. Using this textbook example of social hysteria as a springboard, Kipnis argues that criminalizing fantasy—even perverse and unacceptable fantasy—has dire social consequences. Exploring the entire spectrum of pornography, she declares that porn isn’t just about gender and that fantasy doesn’t necessarily constitute intent. She reveals Larry Flynt’s Hustler to be one of the most politically outspoken and class-antagonistic magazine in the country and shows how fetishes such as fat admiration challenge our aesthetic prejudices and socially sanctioned disgust. Kipnis demonstrates that the porn industry—whose multibillion-dollar annual revenues rival those of the three major television networks combined—know precisely how to tap into our culture’s deepest anxieties and desires, and that this knowledge, more than all the naked bodies, is what guarantees its vast popularity. Bound and Gagged challenges our most basic assumptions about America’s relationship with pornography and questions what the calls to eliminate it are really attempting to protect.

Fantasy for Two

Author: Penny Jordan

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 9781459262225

Category: Fiction

Page: 187

View: 924

Opposites attract! Just what did impulsive Mollie Barnes and powerful landowner Alex Villiers, Earl of St. Otel, have in common? Mollie always championed the underdog, while Alex represented the privileged classes. He declared she was stubborn and willfully determined to believe the worst of him, while she thought he was simply amusing himself with her. So why had she confessed her secret fantasy to him? It soon became clear that they shared the same dream—and Alex was perfectly happy to make it come true.

Flight of Fantasy

New Perspectives on Inner Emigration in German Literature, 1933-1945

Author: Neil H. Donahue,Doris Kirchner

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781571810021

Category: History

Page: 332

View: 7104

After the end of Nazi era, many German writers claimed to have retreated into "Inner Emigration". This book presents the complexity of Inner Emigration through the analysis of individual cases of writers who, under constant pressure from a watchful dictatorship to conform and to collaborate, were caught between conscience and compromise.

In the Romantic Style

Creating Intimacy, Fantasy, and Charm in the Contemporary Home

Author: Linda Chase,Laura Cerwinske

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 9780500235928

Category: Architecture

Page: 160

View: 4838

Describes the romantic style, explains how fabrics, furniture, and ornaments can be combined to produce different effects, and includes a resource guide


How Radicalization Happens to Them and Us

Author: Clark McCauley,Sophia Moskalenko

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199845441

Category: Psychology

Page: 248

View: 7864

This accessible book identifies twelve mechanisms of political radicalization that can move individuals, groups, and the masses to increased sympathy and support for political violence. Terrorism is an extreme form of radicalization, and the book describes pathways to terrorism to demonstrate the twelve mechanisms at work. Written by two psychologists who are acknowledged radicalization experts and consultants to the Department of Homeland Security, Friction draws heavily on case histories. The case material is wide-ranging - drawn from Russia in the late 1800s, the US in the 1970s, and the radical Islam encouraged by the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990s. Taken together, the twelve mechanisms show how unexceptional people are moved to exceptional violence in the conflict between states and non-state challengers. Captivating, and with psychological overtones, this timely book covers one of the most pressing issues of our time.

The Making of Christian Communities in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Author: Mark F. Williams

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 1898855773

Category: History

Page: 193

View: 4008

The Making of Christian Communitiessheds light on one of the most crucial periods in the development of the Christian faith. It considers the development and spread of Christianity between Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and includes analysis of the formation and development of Christian communities in a variety of arenas, ranging from Late Roman Cappadocia and Constantinople to the court of Charlemagne and the twelfth-century province of Rheims, France during the twelfth century. The rise and development of Christianity in the Roman and Post-Roman world has been exhaustively studied on many different levels, political, legal, social, literary and religious. However, the basic question of how Christians of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages formed themselves into communities of believers has sometimes been lost from sight. This volume explores the idea that survival of the Christian faith depended upon the making of these communities, something that the Christians of this period were themselves acutely – and sometimes acrimoniously – aware.

Becoming Female and Male

Our Extraordinary and Perilous Journey

Author: Ramon Piñon Jr.

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 149314796X

Category: Psychology

Page: 286

View: 1121

Becoming Female and Male: Our Extraordinary and Perilous Journey focuses on critical aspects in the development and biology of our reproductive system. A wealth of information not readily available to the general reader is complemented with a rich assortment of historical perspectives and commentaries. It begins with the amazingly complex, seemingly miraculous processes that lead to the formation of the eggs and sperm, follows the fetal development of the genital tissues, the post-pubertal reproductive functions of females and males, the pubertal transition, and finally our reproductive twilight. The next section focuses on fertilization and implantation, birth and lactation, and exciting new studies relating the origins of chronic adult diseases to our pre-birth environment in the womb. The third section covers pregnancy loss and birth defects, while the final section reviews birth control methods, the causes of infertility and the new growth industry - assisted reproduction. In addition, three appendices supplement the main text and provide more detailed information about sex chromosomes, mutations, hormonal integration of the reproductive system, and disorders of sexual development

Bodies and Books

Reading and the Fantasy of Communion in Nineteenth-Century America

Author: Gillian Silverman

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812206185

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 2624

In nineteenth-century America, Gillian Silverman contends, reading—and particularly book reading—precipitated intense fantasies of communion. In handling a book, the reader imagined touching and being touched by the people affiliated with that book's narrative world—an author, a character, a fellow reader. This experience often led to a sense of consubstantiality, a fantasy that the reader, the material book, and the imagined other were momentarily merged. Such a fantasy challenges psychological conceptions of discrete subjectivity along with the very notion of corporeal integrity—the idea that we are detached, skin-bound, and autonomously functioning entities. It forces us to envision readers not as liberal subjects, pursuing reading as a means toward privacy, interiority, and individuation, but rather as communal beings inseparable from objects in our psychic and phenomenal world. While theorists have long emphasized the way reading can promote a sense of abstract belonging, Bodies and Books emphasizes the intense somatic bonds that nineteenth-century subjects experienced while reading. Silverman bridges the gap between the cognitive and material effects of reading, arguing that the two worked in tandem, enabling readers to feel deep communion with objects (both human and nonhuman) in the external world. Drawing on the letters and diaries of nineteenth-century readers along with literary works by Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, Susan Warner, and others, Silverman explores the book as a technology of intimacy and ponders what nineteenth-century readers might be able to teach us two centuries later.

Great Sex

A Man's Guide to the Secret Principles of Total-Body Sex

Author: Michael Castleman

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 159486991X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 384

View: 4042

An advanced guide to whole body pleasure that offers new and groundbreaking information outlining the keys to sexual fitness that can lead to a lifetime of great sex.


Schatten-Trilogie 2 - Roman

Author: Nora Roberts

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641224837

Category: Fiction

Page: 592

View: 8230

Fallon trägt eine schwere Verantwortung: Sie wurde mit den Kräften geboren, die notwendig sind, um die postapokalyptische Welt vom Bösen zu befreien. Doch dafür muss sie ihrer geliebten Familie den Rücken kehren und von der kleinen Farmerstochter zur mutigen Kriegerin werden. Gleichzeitig tritt immer wieder Duncan in ihr Leben, mit dem sie etwas Tieferes verbindet, als sie sich eingestehen will. Um den dunklen Mächten und dem Mörder ihres leiblichen Vaters Einhalt zu gebieten, muss das junge Mädchen magische und nichtmagische Wesen zusammenbringen und Hinterhalt und Intrigen enttarnen, die die Gesellschaft noch vor der ersten Schlacht zu unterwandern drohen.

Survey of modern fantasy literature

Author: Frank Northen Magill

Publisher: N.A


Category: Fantasy literature

Page: 2538

View: 7036

Provides individual essay-reviews of 500 titles, series, and collections written by some of the most respected writers of fantasy. Also includes 19 topical essays, Chronology, and Annotated bibliography and a Bibliography of fantasy anthologies.

Stories about Stories

Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth

Author: Brian Attebery

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199379319

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 3338

Myth is oral, collective, sacred, and timeless. Fantasy is a modern literary mode and a popular entertainment. Yet the two have always been inextricably intertwined. Stories about Stories examines fantasy as an arena in which different ways of understanding myth compete and new relationships with myth are worked out. The book offers a comprehensive history of the modern fantastic as well as an argument about its nature and importance. Specific chapters cover the origins of fantasy in the Romantic search for localized myths, fantasy versions of the Modernist turn toward the primitive, the post-Tolkienian exploration of world mythologies, post-colonial reactions to the exploitation of indigenous sacred narratives by Western writers, fantasies based in Christian belief alongside fundamentalist attempts to stamp out the form, and the emergence of ever-more sophisticated structures such as metafiction through which to explore mythic constructions of reality.

Cinema and Spectatorship

Author: Judith Mayne

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134966873

Category: Social Science

Page: 198

View: 5624

Cinema and Spectatorship is the first book to focus entirely on the history and role of the spectator in contemporary film studies. While 1970s film theory insisted on a distinction betweeen the cinematic subject and film-goers, Judith Mayne suggests that a very real friction between "subjects" and "viewers" is in fact central to the study of spectatorship. In the book's first section Mayne examines three theoretical models of spectatorship: the perceptual, the institutional and the historical, while the second section focuses on case studies which crystallize many of the issues already discussed, concentrating on textual analysis, the `disrupting genre', `star-gazing' and finally the audience itself. Case studies incude the place of the spectator in the textual analysis of individual films such as The Picture of Dorian Gray; the construction of Bette Davis' star persona; fantasies of race and film viewing in Field of Dreams and Ghost; and gay and lesbian audiences as "critical" audiences. The book provides a very thorough and accessible overview of this complex, fragmented and often controversial area of film theory.