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Overview

In her pioneering book Hard Core, Linda Williams put moving-image pornography on the map of contemporary scholarship with her pathbreaking analysis of the most popular and enduring of all film and video genres. Now, fifteen years later, she showcases the next generation of critical thinking about pornography and signals new directions for study and teaching. Porn Studies resists the tendency to situate pornography as the outer limit of what can be studied and discussed. With revenues totaling between ten and fourteen billion dollars annually -- more than the combined revenues of professional football, basketball, and baseball -- visual, hard-core pornography is a central feature of American popular culture. It is time, Williams contends, for scholars to recognize this and give pornography a serious and extended analysis. Contributors examine varieties of pornography from the tradition of the soft-core pin-up through the contemporary hard-core tradition of straight, gay, and lesbian videos and dvds to the burgeoning phenomenon of pornography on the Internet. They explore, as examples of the genre, individual works as divergent as The Starr Report, the pirated Tommy Lee/Pamela Anderson honeymoon video, and explicit Japanese "ladies' comics" consumed by women. They also probe difficult issues such as the sexualization of race and class and the relationship of pornography to the avant-garde. To take pornography seriously as an object of analysis also means teaching it. Porn Studies thus includes a useful annotated bibliography of readings and archival sources important to the study of pornography as a cultural form.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“For more than a decade now, Linda Williams has been taking porn seriously. Her latest—Porn Studies—does not disappoint. She succeeds, once again, in legitimizing porn as an essential topic for academic study and provides a guide for teaching about it. For all those who want to know more about the place of porn in American culture, this is refreshingly unabashed scholarship.”—-Susie Bright, author of Mommy's Little Girl: On Sex, Motherhood, Porn, and Cherry Pie

“Thank God for Linda Williams! She is absolutely brilliant. I have learned an enormous amount from her over the years. She boldly goes where few academics dare. Porn Studies is a smart, much needed, fascinating book, which paves the way and sets the tone for future porn studies. This book boggles and blows my mind.”—Annie Sprinkle, postmodern pornographer and sexologist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822333128
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 1,233,193
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Williams is Professor of Film Studies and Rhetoric and Director of the Program in Film Studies and of the Center for New Media at the University of California, Berkeley. Her books include Playing the Race Card: Melodramas of Black and White from Uncle Tom to O. J. Simpson; Hard Core: Power, Pleasure, and the “Frenzy of the Visible”; and Viewing Positions: Ways of Seeing Film.

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Table of Contents

Porn studies : proliferating pornographies on/scene : an introduction 1
How to do things with the Starr Report : pornography, performance, and the president's penis 27
Sex in the suburban : porn, home, movies, and the live action performance of love in Pam and Tommy Lee : Hardcore and uncensored 50
Office sluts and rebel flowers : the pleasures of Japanese pornographic comics for women 77
Going on-line : consuming pornography in the digital era 104
Homosociality in the classical American stag film : off-screen, on-screen 127
The cultural-aesthetic specificities of all-male moving-image pornography 142
What do you call a lesbian with long fingers? : the development of lesbian and dyke pornography 167
The gay sex clerk : Chuck Vincent's straight pornography 198
The resurrection of Brandon Lee : the making of a gay Asian Aamerican porn star 223
Skin flicks on the racial border : pornography, exploitation, and interracial lust 271
Crackers and whackers : the white trashing of porn 309
Pinup : the American secret weapon in World War II 335
Gauging a revolution : 16 mm film and the rise of the pornographic feature 370
Video pornography, visual pleasure, and the return of the sublime 401
Andy Warhol's Blow job : toward the recognition of a pornographic avant-garde 431
Unbracketing motion study : Scott Stark's NOEMA 461
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