The jest above has given receivers "forepleasure
" while acting as a "facade" beneath which another pleasure is produced by the lifting of an inhibition (168-69).
Even though O'Neill suggests that the reader can substitute "order" with a type of "forepleasure" which "liberates the reader to pursue texts that operate their own seduction" (O'Neill, p.
Willian Kerrigan's signpost article begins with an inquiry into the "Freudian mechanism of forepleasure" and its relation to Western culture (14).
Brooks speaks, for instance, of the "forepleasure
" of reading, the "pleasuring in and from delay" (103), the threat of "premature discharge" (109), and the ultimate "gratification of discharge" (102).
The book's structure and its central images function on what Brooks calls "the plane of form associated with 'forepleasure'" and employ the "key concept" of "fetishism," which "accounts for the intense interest attributed to the detail or the accessory, read as signs of things to come, indices of character, investments of affect in things along the way" (Psychoanalysis 29, 30-31).
The mug becomes a component of what Brooks calls "forepleasure" and, at the same time, "implies the possibility of fetishism" (30).
The text seduces the reader and absorbs him or her in a textual/sexual dynamics which Peter Brooks calls forepleasure
or tropes of pleasure (7).
The arousal of narrative interest is a "kind of tumescence"; the dilatory middle space resembles "forepleasure
"; and the "gratification of discharge" is the climax that terminates the story (102-03).