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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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Making the Fantasy: Consumption, Relationships, and the RealDoll


‘Didn’t I tell you, you’re the only one who can see me like this’. - Emmy, the mannequin, to her human lover, Jonathan. Mannequin, 19871

‘Those are nice, huh? And they’re not real, so they’ll last forever’. - Lars, the human, to Bianca the doll, as she is given flowers. Lars and the Real Girl, 20072

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