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“…. Dilation as the ‘opening’ of a closed text to make it ‘increase and multiply’ and to transform its brevity into a discourse ‘at large,’ then, joins dilation as both sexual and obstetrical ‘opening’ and the production of generational increase.”

“The final context for ‘dilation’ is an erotic one within a specific masculinist tradition–the putting off of coitus or consummation which Andreas Capellanus describes as a feminine strategy in the art of love, a purportedly female plot in which holding a suitor at a distance creates the tension of a space between as well as intervening time….”

Parker, Patricia. Literary Fat Ladies: Rhetoric, Gender, and Property. London and New York: Methuen, 1987. Print. p. 15-16.