Hardcore from the Heart: The Pleasures, Profits and Politics of Sex in Performance (Critical Performances)

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Pornography, on or off the stage in an inflammatory issue, and one which is deeply linked to theatrical representation throughout history. But what happens to the notions of the pornographic when a female performer subverts the conventional models of pornographic representation by reclaiming the agency of her own body? This is exactly what sex industry worker and performance artist Annie Sprinkle attempts through her courageous and challenging work. By locating her discourse on her own body, she renders exploitation impossible and refers to herself as a "post-porn modernist". However, Sprinkle's complication of the power raises important theoretical issues. When is identity not created by an outside source? When is the female body not in a prostituted relationship to representational structures? Is the spectator always a voyuer? Why is "post-porn" modernism still not endorsed by many brands of feminism? In order to structure a conversation about these issues, "Hardcore from the Heart" will not only comprise a critical introduction to Sprinkle's later theatre work and essays, but also include several interviews with artists who have worked closely with Sprinkle over the years.

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Gabrielle Cody is Assistant Professor of Drama at Vassar College in the US. Annie Sprinkle is a performance artist, porn star and sex industry worker. She lives in Sausalito, California.Gabrielle Cody is Assistant Professor of Drama at Vassar College in the US.

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Dedicated to "academics, whores and academic whores everywhere," Hardcore from the Heart: The Pleasures, Profits and Politics of Sex in Performance is a collaboration between sex worker and performance artist Annie Sprinkle (Annie Sprinkle, Post-Porn Modernist: My Twenty-Five Years as a Multimedia Whore) and Vassar College drama professor Gabrielle Cody (Impossible Performance: Duras As Dramatist). Sprinkle is probably the best-known of the first generation of women performance artists whose work focuses on sex and sexuality. Together, the authors reflect on Sprinkle's work and explore tensions within feminism over pornography and the complex power relations inherent in any art that makes use of the female body. The book combines Cody's academic analysis and Sprinkle's own writings with conversations between Sprinkle and her friends (porn star Veronica Vera) and critics (anti-porn feminist Mae Tyme). While too academic for many readers, the book is entertaining and provocative, and should delight any serious student of feminist performance art. Photos not seen by PW.

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