TITLE

part 4: Soft Core, Hard Core, and the Pornographic Sublime: Video Pornography, Visual Pleasure, and the Return of the Sublime

AUTHOR(S)
Melendez, Franklin; Williams, Linda
PUB. DATE
January 2004
SOURCE
Porn Studies;2004, p401
SOURCE TYPE
Book
DOC. TYPE
Book Chapter
ABSTRACT
This section examines visual pornography not only as an illustration of postmodernism's greatest anxieties but also as the complex intersection of visuality, sexuality, commodity and technology. The article presents an analysis of the exceptional examples of pornography, Naked Highway and Shock, which in their distinct ways reveal and redefine the boundaries of the genre by maximizing the representational possibilities presented by the available technology. These videos are exceptional as they focus thematically on the relationship between the viewer, technology and sexual fantasy in their narratives and sexual numbers. The videos make visible the structures and mechanisms of video pornography as a genre. The video address to its viewer the importance of an embodied experience that encompasses the two types of pleasure: possessing the image and being moved by the image.
ACCESSION #
18595324

 

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