Perversions: Deviant Readings

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Psychology Press, 1993 - Social Science - 301 pages
In this series of provocative essays on culture, art, and film, critic Mandy Merck explores the paradoxes of sexual representation. Her chapters are readings of "perversions"--male and female homosexuality. At the same time, Merck's ideas are perversions--readings that pervert, or turn away, from our usual understandings. Amon the unlikely subjects of Merck's critical eye are lesbian S/M, Simone de Beauvoir's litle-known study of Brigitte Bardot, the gay videoporn hit More of a Man, and the television production of Portrait of a Marriage. Her criticism is refreshingly original, resulting in ways of seeing that toe no party lines. Drawing their power from a resistance to easy conclusions, Mandy Merck's deviant and refreshing readings are always perverse.
 

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Contents

The critical cult of Dora
33
A case of AIDS
45
Marilyn Monroe by Gloria Steinem
61
a century
86
Portrait of a marriage?
101
The Amazons of ancient Athens
121
Lianna and the lesbians of art cinema
162
From robot to romance
177
The fatal attraction of Intercourse
195
gay porn cruises gay politics
217
The feminist ethics of lesbian sm
236
Notes
267
Index
294
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