Representations of intercourse in American literature: Gender, patiency and fuck as a transitive verb

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This article investigates the representation of sexual intercourse in American literature expressed via the use of fuck as a transitive verb. Its goal is to identify possible trends in the differentiation between men and women's roles and power relations in such literary representations. Drawing on theoretical notions from cognitive poetics, the present article assumes that literary representations of intercourse reflect and replicate in readers cognitive-cultural models of intercourse and the roles of, and power relations between, men and women therein. The analysis presented here is quantitative and falls under the rubric of corpus stylistics and is based on data from the FICTION component of the Corpus of Historical American English. The analysis measures the preference of male or female passive participants in propositional scenarios denoted by transitive fuck, thus allowing for the identification of large-scale patterns in sexual objectification of men or women in American literature.
Original languageEnglish
Book seriesAcademic Quarter
Pages (from-to)119-130
Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - patiency, cognitive poetics, cognitive stylistics, literary representations of intercourse, corpus linguistics, corpus stylistics, American literature, American fiction, English language, American English, stylistics, language and literature, literary language, cognitive semantics, English studies, construction grammar, transitivity, profane language, swearing, Corpus of Historical American English

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