Language and Desire: Encoding Sex, Romance and Intimacy

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This 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. The book examines: 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; and the implications for the construction of romantic sexual identity.

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Keith Harvey is Lecturer in French at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Celia Shalom is Lecturer in English Language at the University of Liverpool.

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"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.

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