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Let’s Talk About - (Texts About) Sex

Sexualität und Sprache- Sex and Language


Edited By Marietta Calderón and Georg Marko

Die Beiträge dieses Buches untersuchen eine breite Palette von Fragestellungen zur sprachlichen Repräsentation von Sexualität – vom sexuellen Gehalt von Toilettengraffiti bis zum erotischen Subtext des altindischen Rig-Veda. Dabei werden unterschiedliche linguistische Methoden von der Diskursanalyse bis zur historischen Syntax angewandt. Die verwendeten Daten stammen aus verschiedenen Sprachen, darunter Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch, Russisch, Spanisch, Latein und Vedisch.
The contributions to this book explore a wide range of questions concerning representations of sexuality in language – from the sexual content of toilet graffiti to the erotic subtext of the ancient Indian Rig Veda. They apply a variety of linguistic methods from discourse analysis to historical Syntax. Data from German, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Latin and Vedic are used.


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Richard W. Hallett: The Intertextuality of Porn Titles


Richard W. Hallett The Intertextuality of Porn Titles 1. Introduction In recent years, interest in identifying and understanding the patterns of discourse has incorporated the analysis of humorous texts (Raskin 1985, Attardo 1994, 2001). Likewise, as evidenced by the theme of this volume, there is a growing interest in researching the discourse of porno- graphy. To date, there has been a paucity of research combining these two seemingly disparate areas in discourse analytic studies. Applying the Kress and van Leeuwen (2001: 4) definition of discourse, i.e. a “socially- constituted knowledge of (some aspect of) reality […] developed in specific social contexts, and in ways which are appropriate to the interest of social actors in these contexts,” this paper provides a discourse analysis of the humorous intertextuality in the titles of pornographic movies, both fictitious and real, in Chuck Palahniuk’s 2008 novel, Snuff. Parody “has been defined as a subspecies of satire, the genre of making- fun-of” (Chatman 2001: 28). In Snuff, the humorous, fictitious story of a ‘porn priestess’ who wants to commit suicide through serial fornication with 600 men set in the porn industry in the United States, Palahniuk parodies the titles of porn films, some of which are indeed actual porn titles. In the 197-page book, he lists 61 porn titles. They range from well- known titles of actual pornographic movies, e.g. Deep Throat, to titles that are purely the author’s creation, e.g., Much Adieu about Humping. The analysis given here demonstrates (1.) the fact that porn titles have...

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