Bound and Gagged: Pornography and the Politics of Fantasy in America / Edition 1by Laura Kipnis
Pub. Date: 12/23/1998
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Paula A. Treichler has become a singularly important voice among the significant theorists on the AIDS crisis. Dissecting the cultural politics surrounding representations of HIV and AIDS, her work has altered the field of cultural studies by establishing medicine as a legitimate focus for cultural analysis. How to Have Theory in an Epidemic is a comprehensive collection of Treichler's related writings, including revised and updated essays from the 1980s and 1990s that present a sustained argument about the AIDS epidemic from a uniquely knowledgeable and interdisciplinary standpoint.
"AIDS is more than an epidemic disease," Treichler writes. "It is an epidemic of meanings." Exploring how such meanings originate, proliferate, and take hold, her essays investigate how certain interpretations of the epidemic dominate while others are obscured. They also suggest ways to understand and choose between overlapping or competing discourses. In her coverage of roughly fifteen years of the AIDS epidemic, Treichler addresses a range of key issues, from biomedical discourse and theories of pathogenesis to the mainstream media's depictions of the crisis in both developed and developing countries. She also examines representations of women and AIDS, treatment issues, and the role of activism in shaping the politics of the epidemic. Linking the AIDS tragedy to a broader spectrum of contemporary theory and culture than any other book, this collection concludes with an essay on the continued importance of theoretical thought for untangling the sociocultural phenomena of AIDS-and for tackling the disease itself.
Bound and Gagged challenges our most basic assumptions about America's relationship with pornography and questions what the calls to eliminate it are really attempting to protect.
"Laura Kipnis's Bound and Gagged is a singularly important contribution to contemporary cultural criticism. [It] should be required reading."-Michael Berube, author of Public Access: Literary Theory and American Cultural Politics "Laura Kipnis is the rarest of authors. She looks at porn and makes you see it through new eyes. Bound and Gagged is fearless, unflinching and funny."-James Peterson, Senior Editor, Playboy "Bound and Gagged will prove intellectually productive for generations of scholars and thinkers. As always, Kipnis's insistence on articulating concerns of class and gender makes her work vitually unique withing U.S. cultural studies-and she is doubtless among the most engaging writers in the academy today."-Lauren Berlant, author of The Queen of America Goes to Washington City "A tour de force polemic in defense of the foibles of human fantasy."-Linda Williams, author of Hard Core: Power, Pleasure, and the 'Frenzy of the Visible' "In Bound and Gagged, Laura Kipnis demonstrates that she is the Marx and Freud of porn."-Constance Penley, author of NASA/Trek: Popular Science and Sex in America ". . . as clear a take as one could expect on the intertwining of sexual fantasy and reality. . . . rendered in language that generates a seductiveness of its own."-Robert Christgau, [unidentified review] "[[Kipnis] blends the themes of Freudian analysis, consumer capitalism and societal taboo into a piece of sharp, insightful, sometimes disturbing social commentary."-Richard Bernstein, the New York Times "A wonderfully insightful book about the elitism that lurks behind antiporn sentiment. By bringing class into the picture, Bound and Gagged moves beyond the predictable, repetitive argument among feminists. . ."-Leora Tanenbaum, The Nation "[Kipnis] provides a succinct, thoughtful, and lively case for porn as a significant contemporary cultural form."-Kirkus Reviews "Bound and Gagged is a remarkably rational book about a subject that usually sparks remarkably irrational responses."-Joy Press, The Boston Globe "Few readers. . . will come away from Bound and Gagged with their perceptions about porn intact. . . .This original and spirited paean to the secret power of pornography makes a stimulating bedside primer-albeit one that's more likely to lead to sedition than seduction."-Autumn Stephens, the San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle "A wonderfully provocative examination of pornographic fantasies and their broader cultural meanings. . . . Bound and Gagged pokes and prods at a number of America's most tender spots-examining everything from transvestite personal ads and 'fat fetishism' to the class-ridden politics of disgust." -David Futrelle, the Los Angeles Reader [Kipnis] is a lively and engaging writer who argues. . . that we would be better off simply thinking of pornography as just another form of science fiction."-Publishers Weekly
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Table of Contents
One: Fantasy in America: The United States v. Daniel Thomas DePew,
Two: Clothes Make the Man,
Three: Life in the Fat Lane,
Four: Disgust and Desire: Hustler Magazine,
Five: How to Look at Pornography,
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