Beyond explicit: pornography and the displacement of sex

Hester, Helen (2014) Beyond explicit: pornography and the displacement of sex. State University of New York Press, New York, USA. ISBN 9781438449616

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Abstract

This original contribution to porn studies aims to interrogate previously untheorized changes in contemporary understandings of the pornographic. Helen Hester argues that the words “porn” and “pornographic” are currently being applied to an ever-expanding range of material and that this change in language usage reflects a wider shift in perception. She suggests that we are witnessing a seemingly paradoxical move away from sex within contemporary understandings of porn, as a range of other factors come to influence the concept. Using examples from media, literature, and culture, and discussing the rise of notions such as “torture porn” and “misery porn,” Hester’s argument ranges from sexually explicit German novels and British policy documents to a discussion of the differences between European and American editions of pornographic films. She concludes that four factors in particular—transgression, intensity, prurience, and authenticity—can be seen to influence the way that we think about porn.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: Film and television
Literature
Media
Arts
Depositing User: Helen Hester
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2016 14:57
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2017 11:06
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1809

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