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In her pioneering book Hard Core, Linda Williams put moving-image pornography on the map of contemporary scholarship with her 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 ...
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Porn Studies

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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 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.

The essays in this volume move beyond feminist debates and distinctions between a “good” erotica and a “bad” hard core. 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.

Contributors. Heather Butler, Rich Cante, Jake Gerli, Minette Hillyer, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Despina Kakoudaki, Franklin Melendez, Ara Osterweil, Zabet Patterson, Constance Penley, Angelo Restivo, Eric Schaefer, Michael Sicinski, Deborah Shamoon, Maria St. John, Tom Waugh, Linda Williams

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“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: 9780822385844
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 528
  • File size: 3 MB

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


Contents
Acknowledgments Porn Studies: Proliferating Pornographies On/Scene: An Introduction Linda
Williams Part 1: Contemporary Pornographies How to Do Things with the Starr Report:
Pornography, Performance, and the President's Penis Maria St. John Sex in the Suburban: Porn,
Home Movies, and the Live Action Performance of Love in Pam and Tommy Lee: Hardcore and
Uncensored Minette Hillyer Office Sluts and Rebel Flowers: The Pleasures of Japanese
Pornographic Comics for Women Deborah Shamoon Going On-line: Consuming Pornography in
the Digital Era Zabet Patterson Part 2: Gay, Lesbian, and Homosocial Pornographies
Homosociality in the Classical American Stag Film: Off-Screen, On-Screen Thomas Waugh The
Cultural-Aesthetic Specificities of All-male Moving-Image Pornography Rich Cante and Angelo
Restivo What Do You Call a Lesbian with Long Fingers? The Development of Lesbian and Dyke
Pornography Heather Butler The Gay Sex Clerk: Chuck Vincen''s Straight Pornography Jake
Gerli Part 3: Pornography, Race, and Class The Resurrection of Brandon Lee: The Making of a
Gay Asian American Porn Star Nguyen Tan Hoang Skin Flicks on the Racial Border:
Pornography, Exploitation, and Interracial Lust Linda Williams Crackers and Whackers: The White
Trashing of Porn Constance Penley Part 4: Soft Core, Hard Core, and the Pornographic Sublime
Pinup: The American Secret Weapon in World War II Despina Kakoudaki Gauging a Revolution:
16 mm Film and the Rise of the Pornographic Feature Eric Schaefer Video Pornography, Visual
Pleasure, and the Return of the Sublime Franklin Melendez Part 5: Pornography and/as Avant-
Garde Andy Warhol's Blow Job: Toward the Recognition of a Pornographic Avant-garde Ara
Osterweil Unbracketing Motion Study: Scott Stark's Noema Michael Sicinski Suggested Reading:
An Annotated Bibliography Pornographic Film and Video: A Select List of Archives and
Commercial Sites List of Contributors Index




Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Pornography
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