The Opposite of Desire

The Opposite of Desire Author Tonya Krouse
ISBN-10 0739123386
Release 2009
Pages 181
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The Opposite of Desire examines explicit representations of sex and sexuality in modernist novels, and it asserts that those scenes provide a lens through which one can explore modernist aesthetic interests, as well as the centrality of issues surrounding sex, sexuality, and gender in the modernist period. With the aid of Michel Foucault's theories about sexual discourses, Tonya Krouse shows how the modernists represent the idea of pleasure in their novels.

Sages and Sinners

Sages and Sinners Author Ina Moody
ISBN-10 9780595410538
Release 2006-12
Pages 232
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Intending to open her own ashram in Florida, Honey Lisle studies to become a certified yoga instructor at Gujarati Ashram, a secluded spiritual retreat in the Poconos. Here she meets Guruji, head of the ashram, and Dr. Lahiri, her teacher. When Lahiri tells her that her present studio is too small to qualify for affiliation with Gujarati, Honey is devastated. But there are problems in the inner sanctum of Gujarati. Guruji, who was raised in the strict discipline of a Tibetan monastery, succumbs to the permissive atmosphere of American society and begins to sexually exploit his female students. Unaware of Gujarati's problems, Honey returns to Florida determined to expand her yoga studio. She hires architect Tom McAbby, and the two embark on a romantic relationship. Halfway through construction of the studio expansion, a contractor's drinking problem causes an accident, seriously injuring Tom. With the contractor gone and Tom in the hospital, Honey's vision of an ashram appears doomed. But things have changed at Gujarati Ashram, and the new spiritual leader is Honey's former teacher. Can Dr. Lahiri provide Honey with the chance to live her dream?

The Nature of Sexual Desire

The Nature of Sexual Desire Author James Giles
ISBN-10 0275959953
Release 2003
Pages 218
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Presents a comprehensive analysis of sexual desire, the sexual process, gender, and romantic love.

Women Novelists and the Ethics of Desire 1684 1814

Women Novelists and the Ethics of Desire  1684   1814 Author Elizabeth Kraft
ISBN-10 9781351871907
Release 2016-12-05
Pages 208
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In Women Novelists and the Ethics of Desire, 1684-1814, Elizabeth Kraft radically alters our conventional views of early women novelists by taking seriously their representations of female desire. To this end, she reads the fiction of Aphra Behn, Delarivier Manley, Eliza Haywood, Sarah Fielding, Charlotte Smith, Frances Burney, and Elizabeth Inchbald in light of ethical paradigms drawn from biblical texts about women and desire. Like their paradigmatic foremothers, these early women novelists create female characters who demonstrate subjectivity and responsibility for the other even as they grapple with the exigencies imposed on them by circumstance and convention. Kraft's study, informed by ethical theorists such as Emmanuel Levinas and Luce Irigaray, is remarkable in its juxtaposition of narratives from ancient and early modern times. These pairings enable Kraft to demonstrate not only the centrality of female desire in eighteenth-century culture and literature but its ethical importance as well.

Gender of Desire The

Gender of Desire  The Author Michael S. Kimmel
ISBN-10 9780791483886
Release 2012-02-01
Pages 288
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Articles and essays on the construction of male sexuality by a pioneer in the field of masculinity studies.

Treating Sexual Desire Disorders

Treating Sexual Desire Disorders Author Sandra R. Leiblum
ISBN-10 9781606236376
Release 2010-04-16
Pages 257
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The loss or lack of interest in sex is a common complaint in sex therapy. Organized around in-depth case presentations, this book showcases effective treatment approaches for individuals and couples. The contributors are highly skilled therapists who explore the complexity of sexual desire problems and offer detailed descriptions of clinical techniques. The book illuminates the complex interplay of biological, psychological, interpersonal, contextual, and cultural factors that need to be considered in assessment and intervention. Concise chapter introductions by editor Sandra R. Leiblum summarize key themes and provide a context for understanding each author's approach.

Beyond Gnosticism

Beyond Gnosticism Author Ismo O. Dunderberg
ISBN-10 9780231512596
Release 2008-06-05
Pages 336
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Valentinus was a popular, influential, and controversial early Christian teacher. His school flourished in the second and third centuries C.E. Yet because his followers ascribed the creation of the visible world not to a supreme God but to an inferior and ignorant Creator-God, they were from early on accused of heresy, and rumors were spread of their immorality and sorcery. Beyond Gnosticism suggests that scholars approach Valentinians as an early Christian group rather than as a representative of ancient "Gnosticism"-a term notoriously difficult to define. The study shows that Valentinian myths of origin are filled with references to lifestyle (such as the control of emotions), the Christian community, and society, providing students with ethical instruction and new insights into their position in the world. While scholars have mapped the religio-historical and philosophical backgrounds of Valentinian myth, they have yet to address the significance of these mythmaking practices or emphasize the practical consequences of Valentinians' theological views. In this groundbreaking study, Ismo Dunderberg provides a comprehensive portrait of a group hounded by other Christians after Christianity gained a privileged position in the Roman Empire. Valentinians displayed a keen interest in mythmaking and the interpretation of myths, spinning complex tales about the origin of humans and the world. As this book argues, however, Valentinian Christians did not teach "myth for myth's sake." Rather, myth and practice were closely intertwined. After a brief introduction to the members of the school of Valentinus and the texts they left behind, Dunderberg focuses on Valentinus's interpretation of the biblical creation myth, in which the theologian affirmed humankind's original immortality as a present, not lost quality and placed a special emphasis on the "frank speech" afforded to Adam by the supreme God. Much like ancient philosophers, Valentinus believed that the divine Spirit sustained the entire cosmic chain and saw evil as originating from conspicuous "matter." Dunderberg then turns to other instances of Valentinian mythmaking dominated by ethical concerns. For example, the analysis and therapy of emotions occupy a prominent place in different versions of the myth of Wisdom's fall, proving that Valentinians, like other educated early Christians, saw Christ as the healer of emotions. Dunderberg also discusses the Tripartite Tractate, the most extensive account to date of Valentinian theology, and shows how Valentinians used cosmic myth to symbolize the persecution of the church in the Roman Empire and to create a separate Christian identity in opposition to the Greeks and the Jews.

A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire Author Harold Bloom
ISBN-10 9781438114811
Release 2009-01-01
Pages 143
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Discusses the writing of A streetcar named Desire by Tennessee Williams. Includes critical essays on the work and a brief biography of the author.

The Fruits of Our Desiring

The Fruits of Our Desiring Author Julius Lipner
ISBN-10 1896209300
Release 1997
Pages 121
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Elegant essays by eminent scholars discussing the Gita as a living, dynamic text.

Open to Desire

Open to Desire Author Mark Epstein
ISBN-10 9781101216675
Release 2006-01-05
Pages 240
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“A masterpiece. . . . It teaches us how not to fear and repress, but to rechannel and harness the most powerful energies of life toward freedom and bliss.” —ROBERT THURMAN It is common in both Buddhism and Freudian psychoanalysis to treat desire as if it is the root of all suffering and problems, but psychiatrist Mark Epstein believes this to be a grave misunderstanding.In his controversial defense of desire, he makes clear that it is the key to deepening intimacy with ourselves, each other, and our world. Proposing that spiritual attainment does not have to be detached from intimacy or eroticism, Open to Desire begins with an exploration of the state of dissatisfaction that causes us to cling to irrational habits. Dr. Epstein helps readers overcome their own fears of desire so that they can more readily bridge the gap between self and other, cope with feelings of incompletion, and get past the perception of others as objects. Freed from clinging and shame, desire’s spiritual potential can then be opened up.

Sex Cells and Same Sex Desire

Sex  Cells  and Same Sex Desire Author David A Parker
ISBN-10 9781317764502
Release 2014-02-25
Pages 488
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This fascinating new book explores the myriad aspects of biological theories of sexual preference. Sex, Cells, and Same-Sex Desire describes, reviews, and questions recent biological research on sexual preference from the point of view of knowledgeable scientists and of scholars in the social sciences and humanities representing the emerging field of gay studies. The issues involved have a vibrant history, are wide-ranging, and remain the objects of much controversy. This book demystifies biological research on sexual preference and makes it accessible to readers unfamiliar with biological and medical research. Sex, Cells, and Same-Sex Desire is divided into several sections, each of which is introduced by an explanation of key concepts and terms found in that section. The book begins with a discussion of the history of biological theories and sociocultural concepts of gender and sexuality. The next 3 sections explore specialized areas of biological science and related issues: genetics and evaluation, hormones and the endocrine system, and brain physiology and structure. A final section discusses social stigma, science, and medicine. A glossary of terms used by the authors is included, so readers may look up those that may be unfamiliar.

Nigerian Pentecostalism

Nigerian Pentecostalism Author Nimi Wariboko
ISBN-10 9781580464901
Release 2014-12-01
Pages 378
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Presents a multidisciplinary study of how Nigerian pentecostals conceive of and engage with a spirit-filled world, arguing that the character of the movement is defined through an underlying "spell of the invisible."

Innocent Desire

Innocent Desire Author Dhisti Desai
ISBN-10 9789384226831
Release 2014-11-19
Pages 304
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Dreaming never felt more real.For Haven Green, dreams were just unfulfilled fantasies that would never turn into reality. Little does she know it will be the only way for her to survive.Haven Green, innocent yet yearning to commit a sin learns the power of extra-ordinariness and believes in herself once again when she meets the mysterious, handsome and bold Tenace Colby who drives her intimate passions beyond limits. He guides her on a journey of self-discovery that not only draws her further away from reality, which she had been rooting for, but also generates a whole new world for her to discover her identity. The story grows on twists, turns and surprises that leave you astounded. Unravel an adventure that leads you on a journey of Innocence filled with daring Desires.

Engaged Philosophy

Engaged Philosophy Author David Braybrooke
ISBN-10 9780802038906
Release 2007
Pages 425
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"Engaged Philosophy" is an invaluable collection for anyone who has engaged with Braybrooke's writings or is interested in the future directions North American philosophy might take.

The Beginner s Guide to Insight Meditation

The Beginner s Guide to Insight Meditation Author Arinna Weisman
ISBN-10 9780307421807
Release 2007-12-18
Pages 256
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Arinna Weisman and Jean Smith combine clear explanations of the Buddha's teachings on freedom and happiness with their personal stories highlighting some of the challenges and insights of practice. The Beginner's Guide to Insight Meditation offers advice about going on retreat and help in choosing a teacher and a sangha (practice community), as well as suggestions for further reading and information on various Insight Meditation or Vipassana centers and resources. Here is an enormously practical book that covers every aspect of the teachings a beginner needs to get started. From the Trade Paperback edition.

What a Devilish Duke Desires

What a Devilish Duke Desires Author Vicky Dreiling
ISBN-10 9781455522903
Release 2015-02-24
Pages 400
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WILL A FEW FLIRTATIOUS STEPS Harry Norcliffe never wanted to inherit his beloved uncle's title. The rigidity of the ton, the incessant reminders from his marriage-minded mama that he must settle down with a highborn lady and produce an heir and a spare: it's all such a dreadful bore. So when his mother asks him to take part in a dancing competition, he patently refuses. The last thing he needs is another chore . . . until a beautiful, brilliant, delightfully tempting maid makes him rethink his position. LEAD TO A SCANDALOUS SEDUCTION? Most women would be over the moon to be pursued by a wickedly handsome-not to mention wealthy-duke like Norcliffe. But Lucy will not be any man's trophy. She could use a friend, though, and what begins innocently soon ignites into desire. As Lucy tries to resist Harry's scorching kisses, he makes an utterly irresistible offer. Enter the dance contest with him, and win a prize that could change her life forever . . . if falling in love doesn't change it first.

Gender and Desire

Gender and Desire Author Polly Young-Eisendrath
ISBN-10 0890967466
Release 1997
Pages 136
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Also available in an open-access, full-text edition at Contradictory and provocative pathways crisscross the terrain of gender among contemporary psychologists and psychoanalysts. Clearing a path through this terrain, Polly Young-Eisendrath describes and illustrates issues of gender and desire among women and men. Young-Eisendrath introduces three world views: premodern, modern, and postmodern. Then, she calls our attention to how we shape reality and clearly explains how a lived postmodern philosophy is essential for us to understand ourselves and how we can change. Next, she discusses gender and sex differences in terms of how the former are flexible and the latter are not. The division of the human community into the two exclusive groups of male and female has important psychological implications on both conscious and unconscious levels. Most depth psychological theories of gender and sex have been androcentric, taking males as the norm for health, and have failed to develop a full understanding of desire, opposition, and idealization between the sexes. One major theme in a depth psychology of gender is that of Woman as the object of desire. The Greek myth of Pandora deftly illustrates the problem of female beauty: as the "desire-awakening maiden" Pandora is powerful but empty. The link between female beauty, power, and evil teaches us about the consequences of female appearance as a commodity to be used among men. Zeus placed the curse of Pandora on humankind, as a punishment for the theft of fire from the gods, and we are still living with the effects of this patriarchal curse. The double bind of female beauty (damned if you engage it and damned if you don't) must be lifted from the male-female relationships in this time of growing equality and reciprocity between the sexes. For women and men to reach their full potential of development as individuals and in relationships, they must break Pandora's curse and free themselves from the myth of the power of female beauty. In working to liberate us from the curse of Pandora, Young-Eisendrath has developed a theory of desire: desire contains within it a primordial absence, a sense that something is missing. When we come to understand the nature of desire itself we can be liberated from it domination. Drawing on experiences from culture, everyday life, and psychotherapy, Polly Young-Eisendrath's Gender and Desire: Uncursing Pandora provides a full engagement with the intricacies and complexities of gender, desire, and liberation for women and men in a postmodern world.