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Every Inch a Woman

Phallic Possession, Femininity, and the Text

What makes the textual image of a woman with a penis so compelling, malleable, and persistent? The phallic woman can be a ribald joke, a fantastical impossibility, a masculine usurper, an ultimately unthreatening sexual style, an interrogation into the I of the author, or an examination of female culpability. Every Inch a Woman takes note of a proliferation of phallic feminine figures in disparate North American and European texts from the end of the nineteenth century onward. Carellin Brooks traces this phallic-woman motif backward to the sexological case study, and forward to newspaper accounts of testosterone-taking third-sexers. Brooks examines both high and low literature, pornography, postmodern theory, and writing.

224 pages

Sexuality Stud

Table of Contents




1 In Freud’s Case: Mothering the Phallus

2 Literally Male: The Case Study

3 The Body in the Text: All-seeing 'I's

4 Mysterious, Solitary Women: The Butch Cipher

5 Girl Cock: The Literalized Phallus

6 Avalanche of Dildos: The Transferable Phallus

7 The Power of the (W)hole




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