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Pornography and seriality : the culture of producing pleasure

Author: Sarah Schaschek
Publisher: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Pornography is repetitious to a degree that is hard to find anywhere else in audiovisual culture. Characters, acts, and shots reappear endlessly in films and online clips. Why is this highly predictable material arousing at all? And why are its formulas at the same time detested? This study approaches pornography by exploring its most obvious feature: seriality. Schaschek argues that porn's repetitive formulas are  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Schaschek
ISBN: 9781137363121 1137363126 9781349472864 1349472867
OCLC Number: 846912135
Description: xii, 219 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Seductive seriality: the genre of pornography and its affective structure. Genre trouble: taxonomic pleasure and pain in YouPorn --
How to feel a genre: structured affect in sexual episodes --
Sex machines or the fantasy of bodily efficiency. Sausage factories: the optimized production of pleasure --
Pornographic biopower: discipline and gender on the Internet --
Digital desire: futuristic pleasure in Shu Lea Cheang's I.K.U. --
The state of open being: polyamorous films and the female porn star --
A provoking agent: the porn life of Dana Dearmond --
Polyamorous films: anonymous intimacy in documentary adult films --
A thousand little deaths: episodes and "traumatized narratives" --
Let's talk about death: pornographic endings from Sade to sex blogging --
Beautiful agony: loss of time and space in the close-up --
Nostalgia: strategies of imitation in queer pornography --
Behind the queer door: porno revolution or reaffirmation? --
Remaking the golden age: queer visions of the past in nostalgia --
Squirting glitter: seriality raised to a higher power.
Responsibility: Sarah Schaschek.

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Repetition and seriality are inherent in pornography and is constitutive for its functionality as a film genre, an industry, and an area of gender studies. By linking the styles of the genre to  Read more...

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