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Sexual Fantasies

At the Convergence of the Cultural and the Individual

Edited By Mariah Larsson and Sara Johnsdotter

This book expands the notion of sexual fantasies from the field of psychology into the realms of cultural studies, anthropology, philosophy, and sociology. So far, much research on sexual fantasies has dealt with issues of gender differences, the effect of sexual fantasies on people’s sex lives, or how problematic fantasies can be treated in therapy. In this volume contributors from different academic disciplines explore sexual fantasies at the convergence of the cultural and the individual, taking into account that fantasies are paradoxical: highly individualised and private, and at the same time dependent on a world that supplies structures, images, symbols, and narratives.
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Written Fantasies: A Case of Language-Induced Sexual Excitement

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Introduction

What is the role of language in sexual fantasising and efforts to stimulate sexual excitement? Sexual fantasising, and the enactment of fantasies in pornography, is usually associated with visual imagery, and written erotica is currently under-researched (Paasonen 2010: 138). Indeed, language has an important role to play in sexual fantasy, judging from the worldwide popularity of internet archives of written erotic stories.

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