In Your Face: 9 Sexual Studies [NOOK Book]

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At a time when "sexy" can be an adjective for anything, when sexual awareness is declared to be advancing faster in months than in the past half century, and when pundits warn of sexual overload, the actual representation of sex is still deemed confrontational, aggressive, "in your face." While critics accuse the academy of an obsession with sexuality, they also complain that nothing that appears to refer to sex really does.

In readings ranging across film, drama, opera, fine ...

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Overview

At a time when "sexy" can be an adjective for anything, when sexual awareness is declared to be advancing faster in months than in the past half century, and when pundits warn of sexual overload, the actual representation of sex is still deemed confrontational, aggressive, "in your face." While critics accuse the academy of an obsession with sexuality, they also complain that nothing that appears to refer to sex really does.

In readings ranging across film, drama, opera, fine art, and critical theory, Mandy Merck considers these phenomena as well as the role of the dog in anti-porn propaganda, the unacknowledged significance of the lesbian hand, and the early retirement of the phallus. Other topics include the relationship of women's tennis and prostitution, the gendering of the wild and the tame in the age of AIDS, and the sexlessness of postmodern criticism. In Your Face ends with the face and its alleged desecration by fellatio. Germaine Greer's condemnation of Bill Clinton for "fucking the faces of little girls" is examined in the light of one of Monica Lewinsky's endearments for the President--"fuckface."

In a country whose last great Presidential scandal revolved around a key witness known only as "Deep Throat" and whose current Chief Executive works in the "Oral Office," giving head is going down in history. Analyzing the strange relationship of Linda Lovelace, Camille Paglia, and Paul de Man, In Your Face concludes by considering desire and disgust in high and low places.

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Editorial Reviews

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"What might be construed as sexuality?" is the lead theme for this selection of previously published articles by Merck (media arts, Royal Holloway, U. of London), with an introduction devoted to the public discussion of the affair between Monica Lewinsky and President Clinton, and how the definition of sex was revealed to have become blurred. Merck ably blends psychology and contemporary theory to grapple with such issues as queer identity, pornography, lesbian film, Andy Warhol, and the history and psychology behind current attitudes toward oral sex. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"In Your Face is an acrobat of a book—agile, supple, daring, showy, and brave. . . . a strikingly imaginative text. . . that rarest of things, an academic text that can be read for pleasure as well as illumination."

-New Formations,

"Merck launches into a complex analysis of the displacement of sex[uality] into representations of the face in a range of texts...a dazzling kaleidoscopic display."

-Journal of American Studies,

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814738238
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


MANDY MERCK is Professor of Media Arts at Royal Holloway University in London. She is the author of Perversions: Deviant Readings, editor of After Diana, and co-editor of Coming Out of Feminism?

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: In Your Face 1
Phantoms
1 The Medium of Exchange 21
2 Figuring Out Andy Warhol 38
3 Hard, Fast and Beautiful 52
4 The Queer Spirit of the Age 71
Flesh
5 MacKinnon's Dog: Antiporn's Canine Conditioning 89
6 "Not in a Public Lavatory but on a Public Stage": The Prosecution of The Romans in Britain 108
7 The Lesbian Hand 124
8 Savage Nights 148
9 Fuckface: Desire and Disgust in High and Low Places 177
Notes 201
Index 235
About the Author 245
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