Hard Core: Power, Pleasure, and the "frenzy of the Visible"
In this now-classic study, Linda Williams moves beyond the impasse of the anti-porn/anti-censorship debate to analyze what hard-core film pornography is and does—as a genre with a history, as a specific cinematic form, and as part of contemporary discourse on sexuality. For the 1999 edition, Williams has written a new preface and a new epilogue, "On/scenities," illustrated with 25 photographs. She has also added a supplementary bibliography.
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Review: Hard Core: Power, Pleasure, and the "Frenzy of the Visible"User Review - robert - Goodreads
smart and stimulating though at times a bit dry. if you like this read laura kipnis' essay on "making fat visible." (i hope i didn't massacre the title!) Read full review
Review: Hard Core: Power, Pleasure, and the "Frenzy of the Visible"User Review - Conor - Goodreads
Super good, but a bit dry at times. Minus one star for being outdated as well - that's always a hit to media studies texts. Beyond that, it's still a quick read and Williams has occasional moments of brilliance with the language - a very good sign of readability in non-fiction. Read full review