But obsession is not only a phenomenon of modern existence: it is a medical category—both a pathology and a goal. Behind this paradox lies a fascinating history, which Lennard J. Davis tells in Obsession.

Author: Lennard J. Davis

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226137791

Category: Psychology

Page: 296

View: 813

We live in an age of obsession. Not only are we hopelessly devoted to our work, strangely addicted to our favorite television shows, and desperately impassioned about our cars, we admire obsession in others: we demand that lovers be infatuated with one another in films, we respond to the passion of single-minded musicians, we cheer on driven athletes. To be obsessive is to be American; to be obsessive is to be modern. But obsession is not only a phenomenon of modern existence: it is a medical category—both a pathology and a goal. Behind this paradox lies a fascinating history, which Lennard J. Davis tells in Obsession. Beginning with the roots of the disease in demonic possession and its secular successors, Davis traces the evolution of obsessive behavior from a social and religious fact of life into a medical and psychiatric problem. From obsessive aspects of professional specialization to obsessive compulsive disorder and nymphomania, no variety of obsession eludes Davis’s graceful analysis.


Hunter is a ruthless killer.

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Entangled: Embrace

ISBN: 1622661605

Category: Fiction

Page: 370

View: 970

Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn't chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his job. That is, until he's saddled with something he's never had to do before: protect a human from his mortal enemy. Serena Cross didn't believe her best friend when she claimed to have seen the son of a powerful senator turn into something...unnatural. Who would? But then she witnesses her friend's murder at the hands of what can only be an alien, thrusting her into a world that will kill to protect their secret. Hunter stirs Serena's temper and her lust despite their differences. Soon he's doing the unthinkable breaking the rules he's lived by, going against the government to keep Serena safe. But are the aliens and the government the biggest threats to Serena's life...or is it Hunter?

Obsession and Culture

A Study of Sexual Obsession in Modern Fiction Andrew Brink ... An attachment
theory of obsessions will help to appreciate the intentions of Fowles's character
portrayals, highlighting features that are not immediately evident from his own ...

Author: Andrew Brink

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838635964

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 254

View: 303

Obsession and Culture proposes that male sexual obsessions are the driving force of culture and are most clearly seen in fiction. Examples could be multiplied many times, but the main objectives of this study are to show how the work of five male authors coheres within a framework of psychodynamic theory and to stimulate enquiry along these lines. Many twentieth-century novelists speak for a male psycho-class needing imaginative externalization of obsessive sexual fantasies of control of women. Attraction, avoidance, and guilt are powerful motivators for writers and readers alike, and the moral ambiguity of serial monogamy, as well as other forms of exploitative sexuality, prompt certain writers to construct symbolic expiation and repair in fiction. Psychobiography is combined with fantasy analysis to suggest the pervasiveness in modern fiction of the wish to conquer and to control women and to atone for the guilt.

An Obsession with History

Author: Andrew Baruch Wachtel

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804725941

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 276

View: 144

Providing a theoretical paradigm for understanding the relationship of history and literature in Russia, this book traces how major Russian writers of the past 200 years defined the nation's past through creating fictional and non-fictional works on historical themes.

An Obsession with Anne Frank

4 The Fanatic , Anne Frank in Israel , and The Obsession AFTER 1960 , NEARLY
EVERY creative undertaking in Levin ' s life can be seen as an effort to confront ,
directly or indirectly , his long , bruising involvement with The Dairy of a Young ...

Author: Lawrence Graver

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520212206

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 254

View: 498

"Lawrence Graver's book is a precise and generous account of dreadful obsession, in which deep issues are reduced by paranoia into misery all around--and work for many lawyers. It's sad, true to my knowledge of Meyer Levin and others enmeshed in the history--infinitely sad."--Herbert Gold, author of Fathers "Beautifully and poignantly told, this story holds a mirror up to American Jewry's own coming to terms with the Holocaust. It is by turns captivating and heartbreaking, the story of both Levin's obsession and his search for Jewish and American identity after the Holocaust. In this literary history, Lawrence Graver also reanimates the diary itself, returning it to the time and place from which it was torn fifty years ago."--James Young, author of Writing and Re-writing the Holocaust and TheTexture of Memory "A gripping account, easy to read in one or two sittings, hard to put down. The balance between sympathy for Levin and criticism of his mounting obsession is exquisitely established and beautifully maintained, culminating in remarkable insight."--Morris Dickstein, author of Gates of Eden "Beyond Anne Frank is so beautiful and thoughtfully written that I really couldn't put it down. Diane Wolf's voice is human and humanistic, without glossing over any painful realities. She probes the subject from an impressive array of angles, considering a wide variety of types of experiences. This book is extraordinarily fine and I enthusiastically recommend it."--Lynn Davidman, author of Motherloss

An American Obsession

Author: Jennifer Terry

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226793665

Category: Social Science

Page: 537

View: 296

Jennifer Terry has written a nuanced and textured history of how the century-old obsession with homosexuality is deeply tied to changing American anxieties about social and sexual order in the modern age.


This obsession forces them into exploring the dark, dangerous side of fantasy
and love. Working on this book, with these characters, has been so much fun. Of
course, researching the background was arduous—long solitary rambles through

Author: Debra Carroll

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1459286197

Category: Fiction

Page: 216

View: 246

Do You Have a Secret Fantasy? Celebrity author and recluse Emma Jordan does. She's collaborating on a screenplay of her bestselling erotic thriller with talented, sexy-as-sin Sam Cooper. The last thing in the world Emma wants is any kind of involvement. But working together in her isolated house creates a backdrop of sexual tension that would rival any of the silver screen's scorching love stories. Sam wants Emma. He burns for her, desires to break past her barriers to find out what had hurt her so badly. Emma wants to keep her fantasies just that. Fantasies. But Sam is a hard man to resist….


How Evil Spirits Influence Mortals William B. Faraday. Obsession Or How Evil
Spirits Influence Mortals Ву The Late M. Faraday OBSESSION OR How Evil
Spirits Influence Mortals By The Late. Front Cover.

Author: William B. Faraday

Publisher: Health Research Books

ISBN: 9780787303204


Page: 23

View: 752

Late electrician & chemist of the Royal Institution, England. Obsession is the irregular of perverted action of the natural law, existing between spiritual and physical life.


... trill of lute, the lyre strum, Stomping foot, hands-a-clapping Ancient rhythms,
ululation The round, and around, remember Spiral story, roiling whirl,
Impassioned prayer, hypnotic fugue A spell Incantatory Obsession —The need to
repeat to be ...

Author: Carolyn Beard Whitlow

Publisher: Dartmouth College Press

ISBN: 161168529X

Category: Poetry

Page: 168

View: 633

The sestina (of medieval French origin) is a complex poetic form of 39 lines (six sestets and a three-line "envoy") in which the six end-words (teleutons) of the lines of the first sestet stanza are repeated in a specific order as teleutons in the five succeeding sestets. In the envoy, the six teleutons are again picked up, one of them being buried in, and one finishing, each line. Because of the complexity of the form, the sestina fell out of favor with poets for several decades. However, a twenty-first century revival of the form is underway. This is the first anthology of sestinas that showcases both traditional and innovative examples of the form by modern and contemporary poets, award winners, and emerging writers alike. Organized by such themes as Americana; Art; Love and Sex; and Memory, Contemplation, Retrospection, and Death, the collection also includes sestinas with irregular teleutons and unconventional sestinas. An evocative introduction by Marilyn Krysl acquaints readers with the form. The volume concludes with useful indexes of first lines and teleutons, increasing access to the poems beyond the poets' names.


... a window, the drapes now open, and regarded Maria from a distance. “I hate to
disturb ye, lass. But someone 'as come for ye.” Maria frowned and sat up. Her
head throbbed and her eyes felt abraded. How long had she slept? Obsession.

Author: Katherine Sutcliffe

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743417755

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 777

USA Today bestselling author Katherine Sutcliffe sweeps fans away to the passionate affair she began in Devotion, as one man's search for his lost love leads him to the heights of OBSESSION. Trey Hawthorne, the Duke of Salterdon, once had a reputation that would humble the Marquis de Sade. Then he found his heart's desire in gentle, innocent Maria Ashton, whose healing touch ignited a forbidden passion between the noble duke and the lowborn vicar's daughter. Defying his family, Hawthorne intended to wed Maria -- but she mysteriously vanished before he could take her as his bride. After tirelessly searching for her for months, Trey gave up hope and reverted to his former wicked ways. Now, chance has led Trey to his beloved at last -- but the devastating truth behind her disappearance might prove more than he can bear. As he fights to rescue his beautiful Maria from a life of torment, Trey wonders if in saving her, he will also finally save himself -- or if the fight will cost him everything....


... of his waistband, anyway, and opened the door slowly. The computer whiz
stood on the front porch and adjusted his glasses as if he couldn't believe his
eyes. Colin pointed to Alec's hard-sided briefcase. “I suppose you don't 128

Author: Carol Ericson

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1459227611

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 635

Michelle Girard never expected three of her former classmates to wind up dead just before their high school reunion. But thanks to the sharp eye of her former crush, FBI Agent Colin Roarke, the scattered rose petals found at the scenes prove the "Reunion Killer" has struck again. Colin, an uneasy war hero, feels a need to protect Michelle, especially when she becomes the killer's latest obsession. Staying one step ahead has always been Colin's specialty, but as his frustration intensifies, so do the very real complications of long-buried feelings. Then Michelle is kidnapped, and clues lead Colin to the foreboding Columbella House, an abandoned Victorian mansion where shrouds of fog conceal dark secrets—and dangerous, hidden desires.


These terms included: duanxiupi (ᒾ୿ᓜ, the obsession with the cut sleeve),
fentaozhihao (ʗ࣠ɾΡ, the love of sharing a peach), Longyangjun (᎘ඈз, the
name of a male favorite in history), nanchong (Әᕠ, male favorite), nanse (Әϳ,
male ...

Author: Wenqing Kang

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

ISBN: 9622099815

Category: Social Science

Page: 204

View: 219

This is the most serious study to date on the topic of male same-sex relations in China during the early twentieth century, illuminating male same-sex relations in many sites: language, translated sexological writings, literary works, tabloid newspapers, and opera. Documenting how nationalism and colonial modernity reconfigured Chinese discourses on sex between men in the early twentieth century, Wenqing Kang has amassed a wealth of material previously overlooked by scholars, such as the entertainment news and opinion pieces related to same-sex relations published in the tabloid press. He sheds new light on several puzzles, such as the process whereby sex between men became increasingly stigmatized in China between the 1910s and 1940s, and shows that the rich vocabulary and concepts that existed for male-male relations in premodern China continued to be used by journalists and writers throughout the Republican era, creating the conditions for receiving Western sexology.


Author: Jonathan Kellerman

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141906219

Category: Fiction

Page: 528

View: 876

Just before she died, Patty Bigelow confessed to having killed a man. Now her niece Tanya is obsessed with finding out the truth about her aunt’s crime – and she needs Alex Delaware’s help . . .


... invite you out. To see me. Think carefully before you answer, Christina. I won't
leave you alone, even if you say no. We could continue on the way we've been
going. There's no reason why not. We can write to each other and we 84


Publisher: Eternal Press

ISBN: 0980458161



View: 397


... Hornbeam Tree The Mill House A French Affair Missing Out of the Shadows
Lost Innocence The Choice Forgotten Stolen No Turning Back Losing You
Memoir Just One More Day One Day at a Time Zozo/C LEWIS Obsession Also by
Susan ...

Author: Susan Lewis

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409008207

Category: Fiction

Page: 672

View: 185

Corrie Browne is an ordinary girl with extraordinary ambitions. Determined to find the father she has never known, her search takes her from the quiet Suffolk village where she lives, to a new life in London, a fastpace television career - and to three people who come to dominate her life. Luke, charismatic, blond and charming, is the only one to make Corrie feel welcome at TW TV and the only one to recognise her talent. Cristoff, an internationally famous film director, is the man who teaches her everything he knows about sex and passion. And Annelise is her boss and friend - a woman about whom Corrie knows a secret that must never be revealed. Three colleagues - all of whom are to play an important role in Corrie's search for love and success. One of whom intends Corrie's ultimate destruction.


It was then that his resentment and anger against women transformed into an
obsession with men and women who weren't lonely and inadequate as he was,
and that was when he procured the weapon that made him feel powerful and

Author: John Douglas

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471109437

Category: True Crime

Page: 352

View: 148

OBSESSION examines the many violent interpersonal crimes committed against women and the elderly, providing extraordinary insight into what motivates the perpetrators who commit them. With profiles of many well-known cases and criminals, as well as an invalubale chapter on how you can protect yourself and your loved ones from violence, John Douglas has written a groundbreaking book.


Mary Kay McComas. Obsession Mary Kay McComas This book is for all the
dedicated dreamers I know.

Author: Mary Kay McComas

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453286152

Category: Fiction

Page: 180

View: 445

Guarded secrets and a lifetime of lies haunt what might be Esther Brite’s only chance for a future with the rugged Dr. Jacobey Esther Brite overcame her tough, mining-town roots, seizing stardom with her talent for songwriting—but she harbors a dark past. After a car crash claims her husband and baby boy, Esther returns to her hometown, only to fall ill with pneumonia. She is at the mercy of the town’s new doctor, the brusque, handsome Daniel Jacobey. But as she recovers, she learns that during her years away from Bellewood, Dr. Jacobey purchased her childhood home and found her diary. With that window into her intimate thoughts and fears, Dr. Jacobey becomes infatuated with a woman he believes he knows completely. But the residents of small-town Bellewood clearly mistrust Esther. And there’s something Dr. Jacobey doesn’t yet know about her tortured history. What will happen when he learns the truth? This ebook features an extended biography of Mary Kay McComas.


Tori Carrington. TORICARRINGTON Obsession We dedicate this book to the
many victims of Hurricane.

Author: Tori Carrington

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1426850948

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 103

The French Quarter: where seduction is a game... The Game: Obsession The Players: Josie Villefranche, notorious hotel owner; Drew Morrison, business shark Object of the Game: Have a Cajun-hot love affair, without getting burned Bordello-turned-hotel-owner Josie has a hands-off rule when it comes to men. Too many have wanted her only for her talents in bed. But when too-sexy-to-resist Drew checks in, she decides to make an exception: use him, then lose him--no regrets. Ruthless businessman Drew has a hidden agenda: to buy the cash-strapped hotel. But he's been bedding its bewitching proprietor instead. When a murder puts Josie in both financial and legal trouble, Drew must make a choice: grab the hotel and run--or sacrifice everything for another night in her bed....


Author: Claire Lorrimer

Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd

ISBN: 1780104499

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 196

In Victorian England, handsome Brook Edgerton is deeply in love with his young wife, Harriet. They live on a country estate in Leicestershire. Felicity, an attractive young widow living nearby, becomes Harriet’s best friend giving support when Harriet fails to carry a baby full term. On the ferry to Ireland Harriet meets a young mother, a destitute woman with a number of hungry children including a two week old baby. When they reach Ireland, the woman disappears, leaving the baby. Harriet, full of conflicting emotions, passes the baby off as hers and Brook’s. When Brook realises that the baby isn’t his, Felicity seizes the chance to widen the rift between the married couple and tries to win Brook’s heart. But how stable is Felicity’s mental health and how safe is Harriet?


Author: Selina Elliot

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1491809450

Category: Fiction

Page: 586

View: 972

Tessa knew that she deserved the fate that had befallen her. The decision to run away from a father who hated her and a marriage she wanted no part of was entirely hers. Certainly the outcome was her responsibility. So why did she keep trying to escape her life? Had she not learned that her master's control was absolute? Escape would never be possible. And yet, when a trip across the ocean presented an unlikely opportunity, she didn't hesitate. But was Tessa reaching too far? Was redemption impossible? Even as a child Trey understood that there was no law to protect a slave against the whims of a white man. So there would be no justice for his family unless he took matters into his own hands. As an adult Trey swore that there would be nothing that would keep Baron Henley safe from his revenge. But even well laid plans could go awry. Particularly when his attention was diverted to the bewildering, raven-haired beauty he impulsively abducted.