How To Read Literature Like a Professor- Chapter 16-17

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Innately
as an inborn characteristic; naturally

Prurient
having or encouraging an excessive interest in sexual matters

Hokum
nonsense

Decorous
in keeping with good taste and propriety; polite and restraine

Phallic
relating to or resembling a phallus or erect penis

Archetypes
a very typical example of a certain person or thing

Wanton
deliberate and unprovoked (sex)

Talisman
an object, typically an inscribed ring or stone, that is thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck

Oblique
indirect

Homoerotic
concerning or arousing sexual desire centered on a person of the same sex

Supplant
supersede and replace

Oedipal
when offspring is sexually attracted to their parent of the opposite sex while the parent of the same sex is considered a rivalOedipus was a mythical Greek king of Thebes and a tragic hero in Greek mythology. Oedipus accidentally fulfilled a prophecy that he would end up killing his father and marrying his mother, thereby bringing disaster to his city and family.

Sublimation
the diversion of the energy of a sexual or other biological impulse from its immediate goal to one of a more acceptable social, moral, or aesthetic nature or use

Surrogate
a substitute, especially a person deputizing for another in a specific role or office

Plausible Deniability
the ability for persons to deny knowledge of or responsibility for any damnable actions committed by others because of a lack of evidence that can confirm their participation, even if they were personally involved in or at least willfully ignorant of the actions

Ad Nauseam
referring to something that has been done or repeated so often that it has become annoying or tiresome

Inept
having or showing no skill; clumsy

Postcoital
occurring or done after sexual intercourse

Modernist Period
philosophical movement that, along with cultural trends and changes, arose from wide-scale and far-reaching transformations in Western society during the late 19th and early 20th centuries

Frenetic
fast and energetic in a rather wild and uncontrolled way

Incongruity
the state of being incongruous or out of keeping; inconsistent

Treatise
a written work dealing formally and systematically with a subject

Anathema
a person or thing detested or loathed

Trepidation
a feeling of fear or agitation about something that may happen

Patois
the dialect of the common people of a region, differing in various respects from the standard language of the rest of the country

Prurience
having or encouraging an excessive interest in sexual matters

Pederasty
sexual activity involving a man and a boy

Patriarchal
a system of society or government in which the father or eldest male is head of the family and descent is traced through the male line

Septuagenarian
a person who is from 70 to 79 years old

Aesthetics
a set of principles concerned with the nature and appreciation of beauty, especially in art

Parthenogenesis
reproduction from an ovum without fertilization, especially as a normal process in some invertebrates and lower plants

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