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Title:
Hard core : power, pleasure, and the "frenzy of the visible"
Author:
Williams, Linda, 1946-
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Edition:
Expanded paperback edition.
Publication Information:
Berkeley : University of California Press, 1999.

©1989
Physical Description:
xviii, 380 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Speaking sex : "the indiscreet jewels" -- Prehistory : the "frenzy of the visible" -- The stag film : genital show and genital event -- Fetishism and hard core : Marx, Freud, and the "money shot" -- Generic pleasures : number and narrative -- Hard-core utopias : problems and solutions -- Power, pleasure, and perversion : sadomasochistic film pornography -- Sequels and re-visions : " a desire of one's own".
ISBN:
9780520219434
Format :
Book

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Summary

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.


Author Notes

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).