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Hard To Swallow:
Reading Pornography On Screen
Edited by Darren Kerr and Claire Hines (Southampton Solent University, UK)
Proposals are sought for a new edited collection on screen pornography.
Historically there has been a tendency to dismiss textual approaches to
understanding graphic sexual images, and in particular the study of
Departing from studies which focus on reception and media effects, this
collection responds to the recent rise in media debate, publications and
academic courses on pornography that demand a contemporary critique.
The focus of this collection will be screen representations of pornography
and explicit sex, investigating key historical moments, contemporary issues
and diverse case studies ranging from film â€˜classicsâ€™ to the gonzo home
movie, from queer sexualities to Japanese anime and beyond.
As part of the next generation of critical thinking about pornography we
have arrived at an opportune moment to embrace and expand upon work
established in contemporary studies on sexuality, new technologies and the
introduction of pornography into mainstream scholarship. The collection is
therefore designed to offer a comprehensive reference point for the study
of screen pornography: analysing, historicising and theorising hardcore
Proposals are welcomed on, but not limited to, the following topics and
-Contemporary sexual citizenship; classifications and contentions.
-The dominance and/or dissolution of heterosexuality.
-Perversions, bondage, domination, submission, S/M.
-Spectatorship and visual pleasure.
-The use and/or elision of race and class in pornography.
-Queer politics and sexuality.
-The evolution of the hardcore on screen; revisiting/re-writing history.
-Early images, stag reels.
-The rise and politics of big screen pornography.
-The dissemination and representation of contemporary sexualities.
-Women, video and the hardcore home.
-Amateur pornographies and gonzo aesthetics.
-Porn nations; national cultures and the pornographic screen.
-Blurring the boundaries between pornography and art.
-Extensions of the hardcore body; anal, oral and other pleasures.
-Use of accessories, toys and technology.
-Technological dissemination via the internet; impact on sexualities and
-Stars, directors and industries; considering contemporary practitioners,
practices and production.
-Proliferation of hardcore queer pornographies; lesbian, gay and
transgender sexualities on screen.
-Debating cultural taboos and transgressions in hardcore, including
violence, age, pregnancy and disabilities.
Proposals (250-300 words approx) are required by September 7 2006
accompanied by a brief biography.
Please submit to Darren.Kerr_at_solent.ac.uk
Darren Kerr and Dr Claire Hines are both Senior Lecturers in Film and
Television Studies at Southampton Solent University, UK.
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