Porn Archives

Porn Archives

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While sexually explicit writing and art have been around for millennia, pornography-as an aesthetic, moral, and juridical category-is a modern invention. The contributors to Porn Archives explore how the production and proliferation of pornography has been intertwined with the emergence of the archive as a conceptual and physical site for preserving, cataloguing, and transmitting documents and artifacts. By segregating and regulating access to sexually explicit material, archives have helped constitute pornography as a distinct genre. As a result, porn has become a site for the production of knowledge, as well as the production of pleasure.

The essays in this collection address the historically and culturally varied interactions between porn and the archive. Topics range from library policies governing access to sexually explicit material to the growing digital archive of "war porn," or eroticized combat imagery; and from same-sex amputee porn to gay black comic book superhero porn. Together the pieces trace pornography as it crosses borders, transforms technologies, consolidates sexual identities, and challenges notions of what counts as legitimate forms of knowledge. The collection concludes with a valuable resource for scholars: a list of pornography archives held by institutions around the world.

Contributors. Jennifer Burns Bright, Eugenie Brinkema, Joseph Bristow, Robert Caserio, Ronan Crowley, Tim Dean, Robert Dewhurst, Lisa Downing, Frances Ferguson, Loren Glass, Harri Kahla, Marcia Klotz, Prabha Manuratne, Mireille Miller-Young, Nguyen Tan Hoang, John Paul Ricco, Steven Ruszczycky, Melissa Schindler, Darieck Scott, Caitlin Shanley, Ramon Soto-Crespo, David Squires, Linda Williams
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Product details

  • Hardback | 514 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 38.1mm | 853g
  • North Carolina, United States
  • English
  • 0822356716
  • 9780822356714
  • 2,965,301

Table of contents

Acknowledgments ix Introduction. Pornography, Technology, Archive / Tim Dean 1 Part I. Pedagogical Archives 1. Pornography, Porno, Porn: Thoughts on a Weedy Field / Linda Williams 29 2. Pornography as a Utilitarian Social Structure: A Conversation with Frances Ferguson 44 3. The Opening of Kobena, Cecilia, Robert, Linda, Juana, Hoang, and the Others / Nguyen Tan Hoang 61 4. Pornography in the Library / David Squires 78 Part II. Historical Archives 5. "A Quantity of Offensive Matter": Private Cases in Public Places / Jennifer Burns Bright and Ronan Crowley 103 6. Up from Underground / Loren Glass 127 7. "A Few Drops of Thick, White, Viscid Sperm": Teleny and the Defense of the Phallus / Joseph Bristow 144 Part III. Image Archives 8. Art and Pornography: At the Limit of Action / Robert L. Caserio 163 9. Big Black Beauty: Drawing and Naming the Black Male Figure in Superhero and Gay Porn Comics / Darieck Scott 183 10. Gay Sunshine, Pornopoetic Collage, and Queer Archive / Robert Dewhurst 213 11. This Is What Porn Can Be Like! A Conversation with Shine Louise Houston / Mireille Miller-Young 234 Part IV. Rough Archives 12. Snuff and Nonsense: The Discursive Life of a Phantasmatic Archive / Lisa Downing 249 13. Rough Sex / Eugenie Brinkema 262 14. "It's Not Really Porn": Insex and the Revolution in Technological Interactivity / Marcia Klotz 284 Part V. Transnational Archives 15. Porno Ricans at the Borders of Empire / Ramon E. Soto-Crespo 303 16. Butts, Bundas, Bottoms, Ends: Tracing the Legacy of the Pornochanchada in A B ... Profunda / Melissa Schindler 317 17. Pornographic Faith: Two Sources of Naked Sense at the Limits of Belief and Humiliation / John Paul Ricco 338 18. Parody of War: Pleasure at the Limits of Pornography / Prabha Manuratne 356 Part VI. Archives of Excess 19. Fantasy Uncut: Foreskin Fetishism and the Morphology of Desire / Harri Kalha 375 20. Stadler's Boys; or, The Fictions of Child Pornography / Steven Ruszczycky 399 21. Stumped / Tim Dean 420 Appendix. Clandestine Catalogs: A Bibliography of Porn Research Collections / Caitlin Shanley 441 Filmography 457 Bibliography 459 Notes on Contributors 481 Index 485
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"The consensus in Porn Archives is that the conditions for the production and reception of pornography have changed so radically since the 1980s that the questions feminists were asking about censorship, agency, gender, violence, and power seem today, if not irrelevant, at least in need of a serious makeover. Given the diverse, transnational, cross-media archive that the volume brings together, the argument is persuasive-even to die-hards like me." -- Heather Love * Public Books * "Given its grand scope and quality, Porn Archives is sure to quickly become a valuable resource for anyone doing research in pornography studies." -- Laura L. S. Bauer * Women's Studies *
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About Tim Dean

Tim Dean is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University at Buffalo, where he is also the Director of the Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture. He is the author of Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking and Beyond Sexuality.

Steven Ruszczycky recently completed a PhD in English at the University at Buffalo, where David Squires is a PhD candidate in English.
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