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Every Inch a Woman: Phallic Possession, Femininity, and the Text

Every Inch a Woman: Phallic Possession, Femininity, and the Text (Paperback)

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Synopsis

What makes the textual image of a woman with a penis so compelling,

malleable, and persistent? Although the figure of the phallic woman is

in no sense unique to our age, Every Inch a Woman takes note

of a proliferation of phallic feminine figures in disparate North

American and European texts from the end of the nineteenth century

onward. This multiplication, which continues today, admits of a

corresponding multiplicity of motives. The phallic woman can be a

ribald joke, a fantastical impossibility, a masculine usurper, an

ultimately unthreatening sexual style, an interrogation into the

I of the author, or an examination of female culpability.





Carellin Brooks takes up the textual figure of the phallic woman

where Freud locates it, in the imagined mother that the little boy, in

fantasy, credits with a penis of her own. It traces this phallic-woman

motif backward to the sexological case study, and forward to newspaper

accounts of testosterone-taking third-sexers. Brooks examines both high

and low literature, pornography, postmodern theory, and writing that

would seem to answer Lacan's injunction to move "beyond the

phallus." Witty and engaging, Every Inch a Woman makes an

innovative contribution to sexuality, gender, and women's studies,

as well as psychoanalytic theory and criticism.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1800 to c 1900Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 -GLBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: womenPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: University of British Columbia Press Publication Date: 01/07/2006 ISBN-13: 9780774812108  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Carellin Brooks was a Rhodes Scholar and holds a Master's in English literature from Oxford University. She is the editor of Bad Jobs and co-editor of Carnal Nation.

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