Porn Studies

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Product Details

Price
$32.95
Publisher
Duke University Press
Publish Date
Pages
516
Dimensions
6.18 X 1.11 X 9.22 inches | 1.75 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780822333128
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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.

Reviews

"For more than a decade now, Linda Williams has been taking porn seriously. Her latest--Porn Studies--does not disappoint. She succeeds, once again, in legitimizing porn as an essential topic for academic study and provides a guide for teaching about it. For all those who want to know more about the place of porn in American culture, this is refreshingly unabashed scholarship."---Susie Bright, author of Mommy's Little Girl: On Sex, Motherhood, Porn, and Cherry Pie
"Thank God for Linda Williams! She is absolutely brilliant. I have learned an enormous amount from her over the years. She boldly goes where few academics dare. Porn Studies is a smart, much needed, fascinating book, which paves the way and sets the tone for future porn studies. This book boggles and blows my mind."--Annie Sprinkle, postmodern pornographer and sexologist

"With Porn Studies, Williams and her contributors have opened a door-they've made it possible for intelligent people to discuss porn in more or less polite company. This accomplishment alone is worth celebrating. I look forward to what comes next in the field."--Annalee Newitz "Cineaste "
"The anthology's 16 essays . . . deliciously, disturbingly blur the traditionally solid line between the intellectual and the sexual, and that's part of the point. . . . These essays courageously suggest that there is great pleasure in exploring the spaces between polemics and sensationalism."--Maria Elena Buszek "Bust "
"This collection of very accessible and fascinating essays links pornography to the avant-garde and modern sex scandals, tracing its roots from early stag films and making a connection between war machinery and the pinup girls of WWII."--Ms.
"The tone is sensible, even as some wonderfully sensational material is covered. . . . There are also some excellent histories here. . . . The book will certainly help 'the teacher and student of pornography roll up their sleeves to begin work in this field', mitigating porn's image as mainstream culture's guilty secret"--Linda Ruth Williams "Sight & Sound "