Language And Desire: Encoding sex, romance and intimacy
Author->Edited by: Keith Harvey and Celia Shalom
Publication date: 2003
Number of pages: 249
Format/Quality: Rar->PDF (Excellent)
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WHY LANGUAGE AND DESIRE?
‘Love demands expression’, notes the desiring narrator of Jeanette Winterson’s Written on the Body (1992:9). Less pithily but perhaps more precisely, we would concur that human beings need to give form in language to their desires for one another. For the experiencer of desire, there would appear to be at least two reasons for this. While uncompromising in its demand for attention, desire is also elusive and destined to fade. To attempt to encode it—to write it, to speak it—is a way of capturing it, of attempting to delay the onset of its decline, and of providing us with a trace of the vividness of our experience once it is past. But to give linguistic form to our desires for another human being is also, importantly, to try to understand an experience that overwhelms us and thereby threatens constantly to outmanoeuvre and outclass our verbal resources, the principal means at our disposal for ordering and making sense of our lives.