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 - 6655321 - Goodreads
some of this has become REALLY dated, and some of this is REALLY psychoanalytic which just makes me want to throw the book at a wall (mostly the psychoanalysis) but i think it's a really important ... Read full review
Review: Hard Core: Power, Pleasure, and the "Frenzy of the Visible"User Review - Jason Coffman - Goodreads
Fascinating history and study of hardcore pornographic film, its functions and development. Williams traces the development of hardcore from early photography and stags to the VHS era. My only real ... Read full review