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Hard Core: Power, Pleasure, and the "Frenzy of the Visible": Expanded Edition [Paperback]

Linda Williams
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15 April 1999
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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  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Expanded ed edition (15 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520219430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520219434
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 534,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Hard Core is a brilliant demolition of the position that pornography represents one thing only. Arguing against the feminist case for censorship, Williams urges that we take pornography seriously, which does not mean that we like it, or that we believe it is art."--Alan Wolfe, "The New Republic

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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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Toward the beginning of Denis Diderot's 1748 fable Les bijoux indiscrets (The Indiscreet Jewels), the genie Cucufa seeks to gratify the desire of the sultan Mangogul to have the women of his court speak frankly of their sexual adventures. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Academic study of porn 8 Jun 2012
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Williams' book is a fascinating contribution to the embryonic academic study of the huge industry which is the porn industry. Williams looks at various aspects of porn giving us a slant on feminist contributions to the burgeoning debate. A scholarly and eloquently written work
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ground breaking look at Pornography 28 Jun 2011
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Linda Williams's highly influential study of hard core pornography. She finds much porn to be sexist and formulaic, but proposes not censorship, but female-friendly porn.

At a time when the UK still banned films containing images of adults having sex, the publication of Hard Core showed how impoverished and prudish the British mindset was (and is), and of course, the middlebrow middle class still rail against the idea that any text can be studied at a high academic level.
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Well if you really want to get a virtually pointless degree in some arty farty subject that will add nothing to your employability and 20,000 to your overdraft then this book sums up the sort of irrelevant intellectual popcorn you'll definitely need to read. Buy it second hand and you can re-sell it un-used.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 7 May 2004
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This is an easy to read, comprehensive analysis of visual pornography. Williams is thorough and openminded, and clearly shows that this isn't a homogenous and stereotypical genre. On the contrary, she maintains that all trends visible in other types of movies exist in pornography as well. An interesting read.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone interested in sexuality and culture 6 Jun 2014
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Williams views pornography through feminist and marxist lenses, discussing its embattled political history and its potentially liberating and delimiting effects on culture.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 25 Mar 2013
By Roberto - Published on Amazon.com
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It's an amazing book. For everyone who is searching for a non-christian, non-conservative opinion about pornography. This book presents a new feminist look about the theme
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book on Pornography I Have Ever Read 7 Dec 1999
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Linda Williams gives a scintillating evaluation of the politics of porn. Her detailed and insightful analysis goes beyond mere recitation of plot points and totaling of body parts to an in-depth engagement with the semiotics of pornographized couplings. The pictures were really helpful in conveying the cultural work done by this underevaluated art form. Porn-tastic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Harcore 7 Aug 2000
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This book changed my my mind about I saw pornography. This is a smart and sexy book that dispels many ideas we have about pornography and how the feminist anti-pron rhetoric not only endangers the First Amendment with their calls for taking this protection from porn, but retains the patriarchal concept of female purity that promotes a sexual double standard. This books opens a dialogue and forum for women to talk about pornography. I only wished I hadn't read it ten years earlier, because my copy doesn't have pictures.
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