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The Erotic in Joyce's A Painful Case - The Erotic in Joyce's A Painful Case       The characters whom inhabit Joyce's world in "Dubliners," often have, as Harvard Literature Professor Fischer stated in lecture, a "limited way" of thinking about and understanding themselves and the world around them. Such "determinism," however, operates not on a broad cultural scale, but works in smaller, more local, more interior and more idiosyncratic ways. That is, the forces which govern Joyce's characters are not necessarily cultural or socioeconomic in nature, but rather, as Prof....   [tags: Painful]
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Erotic Tension in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - In Frankenstein, Shelley overtly reveals romance and erotic tension, both heterosexual and homosexual, through symbolism pertaining to eyesight, although this subsequent gaze proves the strong relation of death and sexual tensions in both human and nonhuman. The first occurrence of sexual tension in this story is between two men. Robert Walton, Victor’s “affectionate brother,” says that he “desire[s] the company of a man who could sympathize with me, whose eyes would reply to mine,” and “need[s] them most to support my spirits....   [tags: Frankenstein Mary Shelley] 1242 words
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Smut, Erotic Reality/obscene Ideology - Smut, Erotic Reality/Obscene Ideology In the book Smut, Erotic Reality/ Obscene Ideology , by Murray Davis (1983), the author expresses the idea that the best source for studying human sexuality objectively is "soft core", rather than “hard core” pornography. (Davis p. xix). The purpose of this paper is to critique Davis's claim and to study what understanding of human sexuality someone might have if they used some other resource that is available today, in this case the Internet. Davis argues that , "hard core pornography is usually more abstract and less explicit than soft-core pornography"....   [tags: Murray Davis Human Sexuality Essays]
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Violence as Displacement: The Erotic Gaze in Gladiator and Fight Club - Violence as Displacement: The Erotic Gaze in Gladiator and Fight Club On the screen, two men writhe and grapple on the cold concrete floor. One man on top, holding the other from behind in a chokehold that causes the man on the bottom to succumb to the more powerful man. The dialogue by the narrator states that, “Sometimes all you could hear were the flap, hard packing sounds over the yelling, or the wet choke when someone caught their breath and sprayed” (Fight Club). The soundtrack consists of a few notes repeated over and over again in a steady rhythm to the action that is happening on the screen....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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The Boundaries Between Romantic Friendship and Erotic Love - The Boundaries Between Romantic Friendship and Erotic Love "A man who kissed or embraced an intimate male friend in bed did not worry about homosexual impulses because he did not assume that he had them. In the Victorian language of touch, a kiss or an embrace was a pure gesture of deep affection at least as much as it was an act of sexual expression," says Anthony Rotundo, attempting to define the boundaries between romantic friendship and erotic love, in relation to same gender friendships, in the late nineteenth century (Miller 4)....   [tags: Papers] 1123 words
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The Erotics of the Technological Body - Since the beginning of the industrial age, representations of technology have always been associated with eroticism and gender roles. Industrial machinery, as well as cars, have been framed as objects of sexual desire and invested of techno-erotic impulses. Engines and machines have been described through sexual metaphors and have been made an object of cult by artistic movements such as Italian Futurism. The passage from the industrial to the digital age has modified our relationship to technology and the awareness of our body through the use of technological objects –yet techno-eroticism still remains a central drive....   [tags: Free Essays Online]
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Free Song of Solomon Essays: Erotica - Erotica in Song of Solomon The use of erotica can be seen very clearly in the "Song of Solomon". First of all, one must keep in mind that it comes from the bible so one will not here vulgar things or even words that you know are directly talking about sex. However, if you read closely, you can here the implicit remarks that these young lovers seems to be making, not only about each others body, but also about what each would like to do with the other. The first time that the male of the genre talks about his lover he describes her physical attributes....   [tags: Song Solomon essays] 781 words
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Willa Cather Describes Erotics of Place in her Novel, A Lost Lady - Willa Cather Describes Erotics of Place in her Novel, A Lost Lady To discover an erotics of place in Willa Cather's A Lost Lady, takes little preparation. One begins by simply allowing Sweet Water marsh to seep into one's consciousness through Cather's exquisite prose. Two paragraphs from the middle of the novel beckon us to follow Neil Herbert, now 20 years old, into the marsh that lies on the Forrester property. This passage, rich in pastoral beauty, embraces the heart of the novel-appearing not only at the novel's center point but enfolding ideas central to the novel's theme: An impulse of affection and guardianship drew Niel up the poplar-bordered road in the early light [....   [tags: Willa Cather, A Lost Lady]
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Male Masochism in the Religious Lyrics of Donne and Crashaw - Male Masochism in the Religious Lyrics of Donne and Crashaw The impetus of my psychoanalytic exploration of male masochism in Donne and Crashaw occurs in Richard Rambuss's "Pleasure and Devotion: The Body of Jesus and Seventeenth-Century Religious Lyric," in which he opens up possibilities for reading eroticism (especially homoeroticism) in early modern representations of Christ's body. In this analysis, Rambuss opposes Caroline Walker Bynum who, in response to Leo Steinberg's The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art, claims that depictions of Christ's genitalia (the focus of Steinberg's work) can only be regarded as erotic from a modern standpoint, for such representations in historical...   [tags: Christian Masochism Sexuality Essays] 3467 words
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The Media as a Mirror of the Asian-American Women - Imagine a distant post-apocalyptic future in which a group of researchers discovers a stack of DVDs of 20th and 21st century Hollywood movies of Asian American actresses. After watching those movies, what might the researchers conclude about the characteristics of Asian American women in the movies. Certainly, they will view Asian American women as sexual and erotic objects of the society that white men can score with ease. Why do I assume they will think that way. The answer is a simple, yet controversial one: mostly, the media, as the history proves, portrays Asian American women either as erotic sex slaves of white men or as insidious personalities who lure their prey into a trap with the...   [tags: Gender Studies] 1555 words
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Dangerous Games and Unprotected Sex Among Teenagers - ... Looking at the text titled, “Auto Erotic Asphyxiation: Secret Pleasure – Lethal Outcome?” by, Daniel D. Cowell who graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1960 and specialized in psychiatry and in spending some time teaching before retiring in 2010 1. Auto erotic asphyxiation is a paraphilic condition. Paraphilic being defined as a behavior that includes mental imagery related to sexual situations that are considered socially unacceptable that continually takes place....   [tags: risky choices, chubby bunny]
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Georgia O’Keeffe - Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the most famous and controversial painters known to America. According to art critic Lisa Mintz Messinger, “She [Georgia O’Keeffe] left behind a rich legacy of American images that were tied to the land. These images and her own pioneering spirit, established an illustrious reputation in America very early on in her career” (Messinger 17). O’Keeffe is best known for her large paintings of flowers, the New York skyline and scenes from New Mexico. Ever since Georgia O’Keeffe began showing her work in 1916, critics have had different opinions on what her paintings represented....   [tags: Historiography]
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Significance of Pederasty in the growth of the Adolescent boy in Theognis - The symposium as an evolution from the savagery of Warrior-type celebrations and clubs was drawn from the fact that it functioned similarly to its predecessor. It provided a basis for the more civilised use of a gathering area to exchange ideas, drink, be merry and socialise (Bremmer, 1990). This also provided room for the politics of Ancient Greece to ignite. In the exchange of ideas and the rituals of pouring and being served drinks, these actions had practical consequences for it fosters civility and the proposals of these ideas in a recreational setting....   [tags: Symposium, Greek Coming of Age] 2138 words
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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov - Vladimir Nabokov, one of the 20th century’s greatest writers, is a highly aesthetic writer. Most of his work shows an amazing interest in and talent for language. He deceptively uses language in Lolita to mask and make the forbidden divine. Contextually, Lolita may be viewed as a novel about explicit sexual desire. However, it is the illicit desire of a stepfather for his 12-year old stepdaughter. The novel’s subject inevitably conjures up expectations of pornography, but there in not a single obscene term in Lolita....   [tags: Lolita Essays] 2750 words
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Studies on The Childhood of Serial Killers - ... “According to Comrade Chikatilo: The Psychopathology of Russia's Notorious Serial Killer it stated that Chikatilo had scarring on his penis because of the excessive masturbation, and the aggression he used when watching pornography. Without any substantial social structure in his life, the killer is unable to embark on a normal sexual relationship, and thus is forced into solo sexual activities.” Both committing harmful acts on animals and auto- erotic activities are traits of a serial killer, physical head injuries have been also been scientifically proven to be a great cause in the reason why some serial killers kill. When a person is in multiple car accidents or try’s to hurt their se...   [tags: murder, killing animals, abused]
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Jealousy in Shakespeare's Othello - Jealousy in Othello The tragedy of Othello is the story of jealousy. It is Othello's public insecurity that makes him jealous of Cassio and allows him to believe that Cassio has slept with Desdemona. Also, it is Iago's jealousy of Othello that drives him to destroy both Othello and Desdemona. What is fascinating about Shakespeare's Othello is the way in which jealousy between the major characters is sexualized. Perhaps what makes Othello so disturbing is how quickly this sexualized jealousy turns into hate....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 647 words
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The Making Of Valentine's Day - Valentine’s Day, also known as St Valentine’s Day, is recognized in most Christian lead countries around the world. The word valentine comes from ancient roman days. ‘Valens’, in Latin, means worthy. The Latin meaning of valentine is; Valentinus and represents several martyred saints of the time. There are many different legends and versions of the origin of Valentine’s Day. The most stated legend is that during 3rd Century Rome, Emperor Claudius II made it illegal for young men to marry. He felt young, single men were better soldiers....   [tags: Valentine's Day, history,] 500 words
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21st Century Internet Traps - 21st Century Internet Traps In 21st century, the Internet has become very popular around the world. Since technology has improved, many people can use the Internet at home. From the Internet, people can write or receive emails, get information from around the world, or chat with friends or other people in different countries in instant messages with clear voices and images that shorten the distance from person to person. Also, there is no time limit. One can use the Internet whenever one wants....   [tags: Papers] 1066 words
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The Benefits of Pornography - The history of pornography is as old as time. The word “pornography” derives from the Greek words for “sexual slave”, “harlot”, and “description of”. Originally, it was a mean for describing scenarios of sexual slavery or the purchase of sex from women, both of which involve an imbalance of power, mostly between men and women. (Carse) In the earlier times, pornography focused on standards of abuse and degradation rather than on the goal of eliciting pleasure from the viewer. Because of this, there was an early emphasis in the inequality of the sexes and the subordination of women depicted in pornography....   [tags: Pornography Essays]
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Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market - There are several meanings and interpretations of Christina Rossetti’s, “Goblin Market”. “Goblin Market” is the story of two sisters, which one of them, Laura, is tempted to visit the new goblin market in town. Laura buys the fruit from the goblin men in exchange for a lock of her hair, despite the several warnings from her sister Lizzie not to consume the fruit. Laura gets sick and Lizzie saves her by going to the market. After the goblins taunt, tease and torment her with the tempting fruit, the fruit’s juices smudged in her face, she runs back home letting her sister kiss and suck them from her cheeks....   [tags: Goblin Market Essays]
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Cyberporn and Pornography - Sex Should Not be a Spectator Sport - Pornography - Sex Should Not be a Spectator Sport   Some adults recall the days in the early Sixties with a certain nostalgia, as a time when people were still aware of the distinction between pornography and erotic art, and when erotic books and films could pass the censor only if a case could be made for their artistic value. Everything changed very suddenly, according to the poet Philip Larkin:   Sexual intercourse began In nineteen sixty-three. Between the end of the Chatterley ban And the Beatles' first LP....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays] 1563 words
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Exploring the Complexities of Love in Poetry: Shakespeare, W. H. Auden and Theodore Roethke - ... The hyperbolic language in last stanza in particular is noteworthy: “The stars are not wanted now; put out every one, / Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun. / Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood” (13-15). The poet’s use of overly exaggerated language illustrates how unhappy, unspontaneous, and unfilled the speaker really is due to the tragic loss. For him the natural world has stopped with the death of this man and thus wants to disconnect from physical society in order to connect with the lover in another realm....   [tags: passion, desire, personification, death]
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Gender and Performance in the Earl of Rochester’s - The chief hallmark of Rochester’s poem, though, is the near violence of its expression. Rawson explains this attractively in terms of the larger context of Rochester’s verse (and other poems about impotence such as “The Disabled Debauchee”) by suggesting that impotence is just another kinky thing to try. As Rawson himself puts the matter: “As often as not ‘impotence’ is presented in Rochester as an imagined state, on a par with other erotic possibilities…The impotence is thus conceived not as a cessation of erotic energy, but as an energy in its own right, a vigour not so much diminished as gone into reverse….” (Rawson 8)....   [tags: imperfect enjoyment, rochester]
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The Life and Accomplishments of Gustav Klimt - Gustav Klimt (GUUS-tahf klimt), perhaps best known for his controversial style, came from humble beginnings and was trained in classical style. After years of serving as an architectural painter of murals throughout Vienna, he was criticized for his overtly erotic style. This criticism served as a turning point in his career. He then revised his own sense of artistic value that ultimately led to his fall from the conservative academic art world to self discovery with an inventive and versatile style that is untouched to this day....   [tags: biography, art] 843 words
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The Pros and Cons of Internet Pornography - ... Pornstars that specialize in these types of fantasies are experts and trained on how to do it safely and properly. They are surrounded by an entire crew that is there to make sure everything runs smoothly and safely, just like any other film. With porn being illegal, it could push people to attempt some of these fantasy stunts at home on their own. If not done properly, they could seriously harm (or potentially kill) themselves or their partner. Erotic fantasies have become so “common place” due to what we see in movies and television today, leaves people with the opportunity to ponder on the endless permutations and combinations of fantasies and desires that they can find arousing....   [tags: The Benefits of Internet Pornography]
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Sexual Deviance: The Pleasure of Pain - In recent years S&M, or sadomasochism, sexual relationships have become more socially accepted due to the popularity of best-selling novels like Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. Yet, even the main character in this novel, Christian Grey, kept his preference for rough sex a secret from the world. Even his love interest, Anastasia Steele, finds it difficult to come to terms with his sexual preferences, and the relationship almost ends before it begins. Why is this. According to Erich Goode and D....   [tags: Sadomasochism]
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Queen Elizabeth and Annabella in Tis Pity She's a Whore by John Ford - Queen Elizabeth and Annabella in "Tis Pity She's a Whore" by John Ford Annabella, the female protagonist in John Ford’s play, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, ultimately dies after trying to meet the conflicting demands that her brother and father place on her. While her brother, Giovanni, commands her to be his clandestine lover, her father, Florio, expects her to marry a socially appropriate man and bear a child. These demands closely resemble the real-life demands that Queen Elizabeth I’s subjects placed on her because they simultaneously wanted her to fulfill their erotic desires, marry a politically appropriate man, and produce an heir to the throne....   [tags: Annabella Elizabeth Compare Contrast Essays]
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Differences of Love in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juleit - Two lovers, different in beliefs, yet the same in thoughts and feelings, are set to have a tragic ending in their life story. In William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare portrays differences between the love of Romeo for Juliet, and the love of Juliet for Romeo. Many people often wonder why this love between Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet did not turn out for the best. It is not their love for one another that finally breaks them apart from the world, it is the way they love one another....   [tags: Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet] 1114 words
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What Is Required To Be A Good Christian - What is required to be a good Christian. Such strong language seems to indicate a rejection of the body, of human relationships, of human reason, or any good which is not God. Is such a rejection required if one is to be a true Christian. Human relationships, the body, and human reason are presupposed to be good in Ms. Kreis's statement. Although Saint Augustine, the author of Confessions, would not consider those to be of the highest good (God), he would be hard-pressed to deny that each does not maintain some degree of good....   [tags: Religion Christian] 1872 words
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Misunderstanding Relationships in Boogie Nights - The film Boogie Nights provides an interesting case study of the unique nature of human relationships, specifically love and friendship. It presents a crisscrossing mash-up of various combinations of traditional love categories: friendly (plutonic or nonsexual) love, family love, lust, master/servant or apprentice/teacher love, etc. Besides being entertaining, Boogie Nights presents these combinations to provoke an insight on our part into the nature of love. This insight is exemplified in Jack’s notion of the ideal pornographic film....   [tags: Film, Movies] 1633 words
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The Aeneid and The Odyssey - Are there similarities between Homer's The Odyssey and Virgil's The Aeneid. There are many similarities that could be examined indepth. The lovers encountered in both plays can lead to the idea of ancient plagarism. The games held by the greeks and trojans are similar to the Olympic Games. The downfall of characters, cities or monsters can be seen often in many stories. Maybe rewriting history is the effort of a plagarist to cheat true historical events. The lovers Aeneas and Odysseus encounter in either the Aeneid or Odyssey is vast and large....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Pragma Love: A Good Way to Choose a Mate - According to “Type of Love” in Academic Encounter, there are five types of love: ludus, storge, mania, pragma, and eros. Though every five types of love have a virtue for finding a partner, I will focus on how pragma lovers might choose a mate, and argue that their way is the good one. In fact, pragma lovers’ relationships seldom get worse. As stated by the article, pragma lover is “the practical lover who seeks a relationship that will work” (204). For example, the pragma lover asks a potential mate such questions as “Can you show me the deed of ownership of your house and car?”, “Will you support my career?”, and “Do you like President Bush?” Undoubtedly, the pragmatic way to choose a mat...   [tags: personal relationships] 600 words
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Why is Diotima a woman? - Diotima, Socrates' great teacher from the Symposium, a work by Plato was one of the most influential women thinkers of all time, whether she was a real person or a literary fictional character. She related to Socrates the theory of love that he described to the partygoers at Agathon's banquet, a celebration of Agathon's victory at the competition of Dionysis in Athens and of Eros. Before we search for the idea of why Diotima is a woman, we should first discuss a little about her. We know that, if she were an actual person, she would have been born around 470 BCE and died around 410 BCE....   [tags: essays research papers] 815 words
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Jonson's Volpone - Homosexual Overtones in Volpone During the Renaissance, women did not participate in the theatre; hence, men, dressed in drag, played women's roles. This particular characteristic of Renaissance drama adds many dimensions, erotic and social, to the spectacle on the stage. However, "The primary difficulty in surveying this landscape results from the strong indications that early modern eroticism was fundamentally different from that today. Consequently, the challenge deciphering what may be radically different cultural codes for the Rena issance is formidable" (Zimmerman 7)....   [tags: Jonson Volpone] 479 words
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Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone: One of the Most Influential American Icons in the 21st Century - Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone (aka Madonna) is one of the most influential American Icons in the 21st century. She uses her sexuality and feminine characteristics to convey her beliefs to the public. She started a trend among youngster “wannabes” during the mid 80s (Cengage, 2003). These youngsters adopted Madonna’s messy hairdo and bold wardrobe such as lacy undergarments fully expresses the female sexuality and seductiveness. In this report, we will analyze Madonna’s career as an entertainer from the perspective of the Product life cycle and evaluate Madonna as a brand....   [tags: Advertising] 879 words
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Alfred Kinsey FBI File Analysis - Alfred Kinsey was an American Professor of biology and zoology at Indiana University. During his career he decided to shift his focus from studying gull wasps to that of human subjects. He embarked on a study of human sexual behavior by doing a series of interviews consisting of 18,000 people. The first installment of nine books was “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male.” This 30 year project was anything but non-controversial especially with in the realm of the FBI and the United States government....   [tags: sexual behavior, Kinsey Report, sexuality]
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Shakespeare and Gender - Valerie Traub claims that ‘the meanings of homoerotic desire during the early modern period seem to have been remarkably unfixed, with contradictory meanings existing across a complex and fractured field of signification’ (‘Desire and the Differences it Makes’ in The Matter of Difference: Materialist Feminist Criticism of Shakespeare). Choose ONE play on the module and discuss the ‘meanings’ of homoerotic desire. “Not only did legal, moral, religious and literary discourses understand and evaluate homoeroticism differently, but within each discourse there existed contradictory positions.” Here, in her essay Desire and the Difference it Makes, Valerie Traub observes that homoerotic desire ha...   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]
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Love and Emily Dickinson - Love and Emily Dickinson I am going out on the doorstep, to get you some new—green grass—I shall pick it down in the corner, where you and I used to sit, and have long fancies. And perhaps the dear little grasses were growing all the while—and perhaps they heard what we said, but they can't tell. – Emily Dickinson to Susan Gilbert Dickinson (L 85, 1852) Seventy-five years after the 1890s publication of the premier volumes of Emily Dickinson's poetry, critics still squabble about the poet's possibly lesbian relationship with her sister-in-law, Susan Huntington Gilbert Dickinson....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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The Government Must NOT Censor Pornography - It goes by many names, from "smut" to "erotic art." It's as old as civilization itself, and is present in all cultures, with or without the approval of those in authority. It takes many forms, finding expression in literature, music, painting, sculpture and theater, as well as in the more modern media of photography and cinema. Its creators range from the anonymous scrawler to the likes of Catullus, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Titian, and Wagner; and their talents run the gamut from childishly crude to supremely eloquent....   [tags: Pornography Censorship] 930 words
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Jane Eyre: Charlotte Bronte's Look Into Sexism in a Patriarchal Society - Charlotte Brontë composed her novel Jane Eyre during the Victorian era; an era in human history where patriarchy was the norm. Patriarchy resulted in women suffering discrimination simply because of their gender. Sigmund Freud, in his essay “The Relation of the Poet to Day-Dreaming,” articulated that women were only capable of having erotic wishes dominate their “phantasies,” and even their ambitious “phantasies” were rooted in erotic wishes (177). The predominating thought concerning women during this era was that they, due to their nature, become wives—tending to the needs of the household....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Comparison Between Dracula by Bram Stroker and Twilight by Stephen Meyeres - ... It would be inaccurate to associate these references to anything but the erotic nature of older folktales. Even in Dracula, the Count is portrayed as a seductive aristocrat who sucks on the blood of men and women, alike. The homosexual aspect of vampire tales is also apparent in “Carmilla” (Joseph le- Fanu 1872). As pointed out by Punter and Byron, Laura experiences intense erotic advances from the female vampire, to the extent of being puzzled about her own sexual orientation, demonstrating the highly homosexual nature of the text....   [tags: prose, fiction, vampire]
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Analysis of an Image Taken from a Calvin Klein Advertisement - In this essay I will describe an image taken from an advert and use visual methodological approach to analyse and depict the different set of meanings produced by this image. In order to explicate my ideas I will provide a brief outline of the picture. Then, I will describe a number of coded and non coded meanings and how the advert is employing a range of signifiers to communicate messages to the consumer and reinforce the brand identity. (Barthes 1972) For the purpose of this argument I will explore the image in the context using Barthes methodology in its “signs” (Barthes 1972) produced and deconstruct the image in basic building blocks....   [tags: advertising, marketing]
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Straight Man, by Richard Russo and Tenure, by Mike Million - William Henry "Hank" Devereaux Jr. and Charlie Thurber are two men lost in the realm of college departmental politics. The main character in Straight Man, a novel by Richard Russo, William Henry "Hank" Devereaux Jr., the son of an English professor and critic, who wrote a novel, Off the Road, early in his career, but he has produced nothing since. Hank likes to believe that he lives life by Occam’s razor, despite the complexities that continue to beleaguer him. He is the reluctant Interim chair of a small town college in Pennsylvania, who is facing a mutiny of his staff in the face of rumors of cut- backs and layoffs....   [tags: Hank and Charlie Overview] 1128 words
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Straight Man by Richard Russo and Tenure by Mike Million - William Henry "Hank" Devereaux Jr. and Charlie Thurber are two men lost in the realm of college departmental politics in similar settings. The main character in Straight Man, a novel by Richard Russo, William Henry "Hank" Devereaux Jr., the son of an English professor and critic, wrote a novel, Off the Road, early in his career. However, he has produced nothing since. Hank likes to believe that he lives life by Occam’s razor, despite the complexities that continue to plague him. He is the reluctant chair of a small town college in Pennsylvania, who is facing rumors of cut- backs and layoffs, causing distrust and back-stabbing amongst his fellow professors....   [tags: Straight Man, Tenure]
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The Debate Over Pornography Being Art: Pornography, from Andrea Dworkin - ... The swimsuits that are worn by both men and woman during the Olympics expose parts of the body which are in Islamic culture prohibited to expose in front of another (either the opposite gender or the same gender). The swimsuits worn by these athletes just don't meet the Islamic dress code and are therefore classified as pornography. (Central Mosque) In the Christian Bible there is no direct prohibition of pornographic media, though the various sects have defined pornography in similar ways; according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church “Pornography consists in removing real or simulated sexual acts from the intimacy of the partners, in order to display them deliberately to third part...   [tags: rape, culture, images, whore]
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Jane Eyre: The Effect of a Patriarchal Society - Charlotte Brontë composed her novel Jane Eyre during the Victorian era; a period of history where Patriarchy set the expectations of men and women. The effect of this social system resulted in women suffering discrimination simply because of their gender. Sigmund Freud, in his essay entitled, “The Relation of the Poet to Day-Dreaming,” articulated that women were only capable of having erotic wishes dominate their “phantasies,” and even their ambitious “phantasies” were rooted in erotic wishes (177)....   [tags: English Literature ]
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