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Alice in pornoland : hardcore encounters with the Victorian gothic

Author: Laura Helen Marks
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2018]
Series: Feminist media studies (University of Illinois (System). Press)
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"While pornographic film asserts itself as the rebellious cousin to the literary and cinematic canon, porn nonetheless relies on a particular 'Victorianness' in generating eroticism--a Gothic Victorianness that is monstrous and restrained, repressed but also perverse, static but also transformative, and preoccupied by gender and sexuality in both regressive and progressive ways. Pornographic films enthusiastically  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Lewis Carroll; Robert Louis Stevenson; Bram Stoker; Oscar Wilde
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laura Helen Marks
ISBN: 9780252042140 025204214X 9780252083853 0252083857
OCLC Number: 1031343881
Description: xx, 205 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction : skin flicks --
Behind closed doors : neo-Victorian pornographies --
I want to suck your... : fluids and fluidity in Dracula porn --
I'm grown up now : female sexual authorship and coming of age in pornographic adaptations of Lewis Carroll's Alice books --
Radically both : transformation and crisis in Jekyll and Hyde porn --
Strange legacies of thought and passion : technologies of the flesh and the queering effect of Dorian Gray --
Conclusion : fueling the lamps of sexual imagination.
Series Title: Feminist media studies (University of Illinois (System). Press)
Responsibility: Laura Helen Marks.

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"While pornographic film asserts itself as the rebellious cousin to the literary and cinematic canon, porn nonetheless relies on a particular 'Victorianness' in generating eroticism--a Gothic Victorianness that is monstrous and restrained, repressed but also perverse, static but also transformative, and preoccupied by gender and sexuality in both regressive and progressive ways. Pornographic films enthusiastically expose the perceived hypocrisy of this Victorianness, rhetorically equating it with mainstream, legitimate culture, as a way of staging pornography's alleged sexual authenticity and transgressive nature. By analyzing pornographic neo-Victorian adaptations of nineteenth century pornographic literature, Lewis Carroll's Alice books, Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Bram Stoker's Dracula, Laura Helen Marks argues that the rupture and rearticulation of social and corporeal propriety constitutes pornographic rhetoric. The predominantly American pornographic stories covered in the project appropriate canonical British icons as a method to refute the Old World framed as sexually repressed, yet hypocritical. In the process, these texts establish a postmodern American sexual identity framed as sexually liberated and culturally savvy. Porn adaptations expose the implicit pornographic aspects of 'legitimate' culture while also revealing the extent to which 'high' and 'low' genres rely on each other for self-definition and the attempted stabilization of the gendered sexual subject"--

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