Hard Core: Power, Pleasure, and the "frenzy of the Visible"

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University of California Press, 1999 - Performing Arts - 380 pages
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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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Hard Core traces ". . . the changing meaning and function of the genre of pornography. . . .'' As a scholarly study of "`mainstream,' heterosexual, hard-core pornography,'' that is, as a specific film ... Read full review

Contents

The Frenzy of the Visible
34
Genital Show and Genital Event
58
Marx Freud
93
Number and Narrative
120
Problems and Solutions
153
Sadomasochistic
184
A Desire
229
Conclusion
265
Epilogue
280
Notes
317
Works Cited
341
Supplementary Bibliography
355
Index
361
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About the author (1999)

Linda Williams is Professor of Film Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of Figures of Desire: A Theory and Analysis of Surrealist Film (California, 1981) and editor of Viewing Positions: Ways of Seeing Film (1995).

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