Building the body as a site of pleasure: Contributions from embodied sociolinguistics

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Presented by Shannon Couper

Lectures, talks and seminars

LALS Seminar Series

14 Aug 2020 4:10 pm to 14 Aug 2020 4:35 pm

Murphy LT101

How does the way we talk about our bodies influence our sex lives?

Talking about women's erotic pleasure is politically powerful because it directly challenges patriarchal hostility toward female sexual agency. This presentation explores the ways in which sexual pleasure dynamically unfolds in the discursive construction of the body.

Using a lens of embodied sociolinguistics, Shannon Couper shows how experiences of sexual pleasure are negotiated in talk between female friends, and how individuals learn, teach and come to know each other’s bodies. This leads to a critical mapping of bodies as construction sites across time and space, building an extension into contemporary theorizing about bodies and language.

For more information contact: Victoria Chen