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Chapters 16 and 17: It's All About Sex...Except Sex

This is for another project from my AP Literature class.
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Madison Bowersox

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Transcript of Chapters 16 and 17: It's All About Sex...Except Sex

How To Read Literature Like A Professor

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Chapters 16 and 17: It's All About Sex...Except Sex
Chapter 16: "It's All About Sex..."
When writers are writing obout other things, they really mean sex, and when they write about sex, they really mean something else. If they write about sex and mean strictly sex, we have a word for that.
Crazy Right?
"Choose a novel or movie in which sex is suggested, but not described, and discuss how the relationship is suggested and how this implication affects the theme or develops characterization."
Assignment
Foster, Thomas. "It's All About Sex..." and "....Except Sex." How To Read Literature Like A Professor. Revised ed. New York: Harper Perennial, 2014. 143-159. Print.
Meyer, Stephenie. "Isle Esme." Breaking Dawn. First Paperback ed. New York: Little, Brown and and Hachette Book Group, 2010. 85-86. Print.
Lowell, Elizabeth. "Six." Love Song For A Raven. Paperback ed. New York: Silhouette Books, 1987. 144. Print.
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By: Madison Bowersox

Now...
Let's take a moment here to breath before beginning....
Pornography
I am adding this additional part to the assignment:
"Choose a novel or movie in which sex is described and discuss how the relationship is promoted and how this action affects the theme or develops characterization."
For The Original Assignment:
For The Added Assignment:
In Stephenie Meyer's novel, unlike in the movie, Edward and Bella's first honeymoon sex scene is never shown.
The scene starts out in the water and then flashes to the next morning with Bella narrating:
"I knew exactly where I was -- the bright room with the big white bed, brilliant sunlight streaming through the open doors. The clouds of netting would soften the shine."
A man named Raven saves Janna from drowning with her sinking boat in a storm. While unable to reach port for a whole week, Janna reveals how she saw herself because of her last husband. Now Raven shows Janna how she is really seen.
Very descriptive and that one scene in 12 pages long!
Tall buildings = Male sexuality
Rolling landscapes = Female sexuality
Stairs = Sexual Intercourse
Falling fown stairs = Let's not go there.
Basically anything can have a sexual component.
Young knight = "manhood barely established"
Lance = phallic symbol
Holy Grail/chalice = Female sexuality
Reason to bring together = Fertility
Andrea has an affair on her husband and her lover buys her a bowl. She is obsessed with this bowl.
Scene skips from Sam Spade kissing Brigid O'Shaughnessy, at night, by the window to the curtains blowing in the morning breeze.
Ch. 17 "... Except Sex"
"Go and try to write a sex scene"
Could try to go soft-core, but would be hard to do without sounding (A) quaint. (B) squeamish, (C) hugely embarrassed, (D) inept.
Truth is that the writer is never truely writing about sex, just something else!
Afterwards, the narrator points out that "precisely ninety seconds" have elapsed the beginning of the scene.
Fowles might have wanted to address something . . . .
shortcomings of Victorian males
ridicule the poor hero
male sexual inadequacy
fallibility of desire
etc.
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