Sex Positives?: Cultural Politics of Dissident Sexualities

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The feminist pornography debates are centered around the opposition between pro-censorship factions and the pro-sex radicals or sex positives. But what exactly is the relationship between these debates and postmodern theories of reading and performativity? What happens to these debates when they are placed in the context of colonial or U.S. racial histories? What is the history behind today's sexual radicalism? How radical is it?

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Overview

The feminist pornography debates are centered around the opposition between pro-censorship factions and the pro-sex radicals or sex positives. But what exactly is the relationship between these debates and postmodern theories of reading and performativity? What happens to these debates when they are placed in the context of colonial or U.S. racial histories? What is the history behind today's sexual radicalism? How radical is it?

In the first section of Sex Positives?, Nicola Pitchford, Naomi Morgenstern, Victoria L. Smith, and Gabrielle N. Dean focus on the recent sex wars in U.S. feminism, especially within lesbian culture. Elissa J. Rashkin, Gaurav Desai, and James Smalls broaden the terms of the sex wars debates in the second section to include sexualized racial and colonial representations, from Chicana, African, and African-American perspectives. Finally, Sander L. Gilman, Laura Ciolkowski, and Laura Frost explore a variety of historical contexts for understanding contemporary forms of sexual representation and the repression of such representations.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780814726631
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Series: Genders Series
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 8.93 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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Thomas Foster is Professor of English at the University of Washington.

Carol Siegel is Associate Professor of English at Washington State University, Vancouver and author of Lawrence Among the Women: Wavering Boundaries in Women's Literary Traditions and Male Masochism: Modern Revisions of the Story of Love.

Ellen E. Berry is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Women's Studies program at Bowling Green State University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Pt. 1 Sex Wars: Pornography, Postmodernism, and Problems of Feminist Opposition
1 Reading Feminism's Pornography Conflict: Implications for Postmodernist Reading Strategies 3
2 "There Is Nothing Else Like This": Sex and Citation in Pornogothic Feminism 39
3 Starting from Snatch: The Seduction of Performance in Bertha Harris's Lover 68
Pt. 2 Queer Nations: Colonialism, Race, and Sexuality
4 Historic Image/Self Image: Re-Viewing Chicana 97
5 Out in Africa 120
6 Public Face, Private Thoughts: Fetish, Interracialism, and the Homoerotic in Some Photographs by Carl Van Vechten 144
Pt. 3 Dissident Sexualities: Historical Perspectives
7 Love + Marriage = Death 197
8 "With This Ring I Thee Own": Masochism and Social Reform in Ulysses 225
Contributors 265
Guidelines for Prospective Contributors 267
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