Hardcore from the Heart: The Pleasures, Profits and Politics of Sex in Performance

Overview


Pornography, on or off the stage, is an inflammatory issue, and one which is deeply linked to theatrical representation throughout history. But what happens to the notions of the pornographic when a female performer subverts the conventional models of pornographic representation by reclaiming the agency of her own body?

This is exactly what sex industry worker and performance artist Annie Sprinkle attempts through her courageous and ...

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Overview


Pornography, on or off the stage, is an inflammatory issue, and one which is deeply linked to theatrical representation throughout history. But what happens to the notions of the pornographic when a female performer subverts the conventional models of pornographic representation by reclaiming the agency of her own body?

This is exactly what sex industry worker and performance artist Annie Sprinkle attempts through her courageous and challenging work. By locating her discourse on her own body, she renders exploitation impossible and refers to herself as a "post-porn modernist." However, Sprinkle's complication of the power relations inherent in representational acts raises important theoretical issues. When is identity not created by an outside source? When is the female body not in a prostituted relationship to representational structures? Is the spectator always a voyeur? Why is "post-porn" modernism still not endorsed by many brands of feminism? In order to structure a conversation about these issues,

Hardcore from the Heart presents a number of Annie Sprinkle's key performance texts and essays, and interviews with artists who have worked closely with her over the years, together with a critical introduction and commentaries.


 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Dedicated to "academics, whores and academic whores everywhere," Hardcore from the Heart: The Pleasures, Profits and Politics of Sex in Performance is a collaboration between sex worker and performance artist Annie Sprinkle (Annie Sprinkle, Post-Porn Modernist: My Twenty-Five Years as a Multimedia Whore) and Vassar College drama professor Gabrielle Cody (Impossible Performance: Duras As Dramatist). Sprinkle is probably the best-known of the first generation of women performance artists whose work focuses on sex and sexuality. Together, the authors reflect on Sprinkle's work and explore tensions within feminism over pornography and the complex power relations inherent in any art that makes use of the female body. The book combines Cody's academic analysis and Sprinkle's own writings with conversations between Sprinkle and her friends (porn star Veronica Vera) and critics (anti-porn feminist Mae Tyme). While too academic for many readers, the book is entertaining and provocative, and should delight any serious student of feminist performance art. Photos not seen by PW. ( June) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Considered the first female performance artist to focus explicitly on sex, Sprinkle, in one of her most notorious performances, invited audience members to view her cervix with the help of a speculum and a flashlight. This is the third installment of Continuum's "Critical Performances" series, which pairs artists with critical theorists. Here, Sprinkle and Cody (drama, Vassar Coll.) collaborate to provide critical analysis of Sprinkle's performance work. Sprinkle's Post-Porn Modernist: My 25 Years As a Multimedia Whore (Cleis, 1998) is a colorful biographical scrapbook of her career as a porn star and performance artist. In contrast, Hardcore from the Heart serves as a scholarly introduction to Sprinkle's oeuvre by including essays, interviews with collaborators, and performance texts. Recommended for academic libraries. Krista Ivy, Bryn Mawr Coll. Lib., PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826490698
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/7/2006
  • Series: Critical Performances Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Gabrielle Cody is Assistant Professor of Drama at Vassar College in the US. Annie Sprinkle is a performance artist, porn star and sex industry worker. She lives in Sausalito, California.

Gabrielle Cody is Assistant Professor of Drama at Vassar College in the US.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Ooouuuuhhh, Rebecca, I Love It When You Talk Academic, by Rebecca Schneider Introduction: Sacred Bazoombas, by Gabrielle Cody PART I. Actions, Rituals, Performances Strip-Speak: Nurse Sprinkle's Sex Education Class Metamorphosexual Mud-Bath Ritual: A Private Performance Metamorphosex Peace in Bed Liberty Love Boat Annie Sprinkle's Herstory of Porn Commentary: Annie Sprinkle from Reel to Reel PART II. Pornographos: Writings of a Prostitute My Brushes and Crushes with the Law Dear Friends and Lovers at 848
You've Come a Long Way Baby: Twelve Steps to Cure Sex Worker Burn Out Commentary: A Labor of Love PART III. Interviews: A Movable Feast Annie's Breakfast with Veronica Vera: The Art of Sex Work Lunch at the Art/Life Institute: A Conversation with Annie Sprinkle, Linda Montano, Barbara Carellas and Gabrielle Cody Dinner with Richard Schnechner and Gabrielle Cody: She Wanted a Better Life Annie's Dessert with May Thyme, an Anti-Porn Feminist Gabrielle's Midnight Snack with Monika Treaut Outroduction Selected Bibliography and Filmography

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