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International Exposure demonstrates the wealth of desires woven into the fabric of European history: desires about empire and nation, about self and other, about plenty and dearth. By documenting the diverse meanings of pornography, senior scholars from across disciplines show the ways that sexuality became central to the individual, to the nation, and to the transnational character of modern society.

The ten essays in the volume engage a rich array of topics, including ...

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International Exposure: Perspectives on Modern European Pornography, 1800-2000

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Overview

International Exposure demonstrates the wealth of desires woven into the fabric of European history: desires about empire and nation, about self and other, about plenty and dearth. By documenting the diverse meanings of pornography, senior scholars from across disciplines show the ways that sexuality became central to the individual, to the nation, and to the transnational character of modern society.

The ten essays in the volume engage a rich array of topics, including obscenity in the German states, censorship in France’s Third Republic, “she-male” internet porn, the rise of incestuous longings in England, the place of the Hungarian video revolution in the global market, and the politics of pornography in Russia. Taken together, the essays illustrate the latest approaches to content, readership, form, and delivery in modern European pornography.

A substantial discussion of the broad history and state of the field complements the ten in-depth case studies that examine a wide range of sources from literature to magazines, video to the internet. By tackling the highbrow and lowdown of the pornographic form, this volume lays the groundwork for the next surge of studies in the field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813541044
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 1/3/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 296
  • File size: 700 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction : issues and problems in the history of pornography 1
Wanderers, entertainers and seducers : making sense of obscenity law in the German states, 1830-1851 27
Censorship in republican times : censorship and pornographic novels located in L'Enfer de la Bibliotheque Nationale, 1800-1900 48
Anti-abolition writes obscenity: the English vice, transatlantic slavery, and England's obscene print culture 67
The rise of the overly affectionate family : incestuous pornography and displaced desire among the Edwardian middle class 100
Old wine in new bottles? : literary pornography in twentieth-century France 125
A perfectly British business : stagnation, continuities, and change on the top shelf 146
Global traffic in pornography : the Hungarian example 173
Ideologies of the second coming in the Ukrainian postcolonial playground 205
Stripping the nation bare : Russian pornography and the insistence on meaning 232
"Walking on the wild side" : she-male Internet pornography 255
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