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  • Paperback: 526 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press (21 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822333120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822333128
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,022,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[T]he essays are. . . learned, thorough, and well written."
--Carla Freccero, "GLQ"

"Porn is defined in this unabashed academic collection. . . . Williams' bold thesis is that porn exists, has value, and deserves to be both studied and taught."
--Richard Labonte, "Q Syndicate"

"[S]mart, readable, and provocative essays. . . . Williams's anthology illuminates images that most of us simply take for granted only as ways to get turned-on and get-off."
--Michael Bronski," The Guide"

""Porn Studies" is a valuable read for anyone wanting a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of where society has come from, where it is now, and the possibilities of where it will go."
--Lee Winston, "M/C Reviews"

"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. Magazine

"Pornography as a thing to study has frequently been prudishly pushed aside. Linda Williams' new book, "Porn Studies," announces the arrival of serious work that should prove the topic's insistence on sticking around."
--Judy Margo, "Culture, Health and Sexuality"

"[W]ith "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"

"Pretty much every aspect of porn is discussed - except 19th-century naughty postcards - up to and including the Internet. No time is wasted on whether there is 'good' erotica and 'bad' porn. Williams' bold thesis is that porn exists, has value, and deserves to be both studied and taught."
--Richard Labonte," Books to Watch out For"

"One of the collection's many strengths is the combination of breadth of scope and depth of analysis in its 17 chapters. . . . Porn Studies is an entertaining and extremely useful book for researchers and students in screen studies, gender studies, sociology and media and cultural studies."
--Kath Albury," Media International Australia"

"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 and Sound

""Porn Studies" makes an important new step in the new discourse on the subject, since the collection considers pornography not just, as did "Hard Core," a cinematographic genre, but as cultural practice. . . . [I]t is the intertwining of historical background information and visual close reading that makes the strength of contributions. . . ."
--Jan Baetens," Image and Narrative"

"Over the course of many years, many seminar courses, Linda Williams has specialized in this domain that the classic university disciplines have long ostracized. The balance of [her] studies were published a few months ago under the title "Porn Studies," certainly the most passionate collection of essays and analysis that has ever been assembled on this burning question." (Translated from the French)
--Olivier Seguret, "Liberation"

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
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"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

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“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

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