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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 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

Synopsis:

Visual, hard-core pornography has arrived as a central feature of American popular culture. In this title, Linda Williams edits this collection of critical thinking about pornography, and signals new directions for study and teaching. The books resists the tendency to situate pornography as the outer limit of what can be studied and discussed.

Synopsis:

A collection of contemporary work on pornographic film and video, edited by one of the founders of the field.

About 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822333128
Editor:
Williams, Linda
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Editor:
Williams, Linda
Author:
Williams, Linda
Author:
Hillyer, Minnette
Author:
St John, Maria
Author:
Maria St. John
Author:
Patterson, Zabet
Author:
Shamoon, Deborah
Location:
Durham
Subject:
Pornography
Subject:
Erotic films
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Pornography -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Pornographic films - History and criticism
Subject:
Gender Studies-Pornography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
11355
Publication Date:
20040731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
46 bandw photos
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
9.22x6.18x1.11 in. 1.75 lbs.

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