Speaking the Unspeakable: A Poetics of Obscenity

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Discussing female literary figures including Hall, Wharton, Nin, "Reage," Jong, and Shulman; such men as Cleland, Sade, Beardsley, Lawrence, Joyce, and Miller; and film makers such as Brakhage, Jack Smith, Bruce Conner, Bertolucci, Oshima, and Wertmuller, Michelson analyzes both the use of aesthetic pornography and the philosophical, cultural, and legal implications of its use. Paper edition (unseen), $24.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface

A Note on Usage

1. The History of Sexuality and Poetics

Liberalism and the Problem of Problems

The Covert History of Poetics

The Proliferation of Perversities

Speaking the Unspeakable

2. Pornographic Ways and Means

De Vulgari and Beyond

The Beast with Two Backs

Soft-Core Sophistry

Consciousness and Love's Body

3. Decadence and the Poetics of Obscenity

What You See Is What She Got

But What Do You See?

With the Help of That Long Newspaper Spoon

There Is No Disputing Taste

4. Unspeakable Moral Rhetorics

Interrogating Consensus

Visions and Revisions

5. An Unspeakably Tragic Ethos

Toward Proliferating Uncertainties

Via the Sadistic Sublime

6. The Anarchy Connection

Regeneration and Orgiastic Being

Where Straight and Gay Converge

7. Comic Catharsis

Amiable Anarchy

High Affirmation and the Lowdown Truth

8. Women and Pornorotica

Asserting Sexual Autonomy

Definition and Dialectic

Soft-Core Sentiments

Interrogation of Nature and Bourgeois Liberation

Mining the Hard-Core

Class Analysis and the Pornorotica Debate

Radical Perverts and Pornorotic Pleasures

9. Unspeakable Spectacle, the Movies

What to Do with the Body

The Avant-Garde Cinema of Sexuality

Hard-Core Full Blown

The Dirty Little Secret Goes Pop

10. Obscenity and the Unbearable Law of Liberalism

Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty . . .

WAP Versus FACT

Expense of Spirit in a Waste of Shame

Bibliography

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