Speaking the Unspeakable

Michelson, Peter

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Synopsis: This book studies the literary and cinematic functions of the pornographic as a development from a poetics of obscenity. It focuses on the developments of French, British, and American artistic pornography since the eighteenth century. Discussing female literary figures including Hall, Wharton, Nin, "Reage," Jong, and Shulman; such men as Cleland, Sade, Beardsley, Lawrence, Joyce, and Miller; and film makers such as Brakhage, Jack Smith, Bruce Conner, Bertolucci, Oshima, and Wertmuller; Michelson analyzes both the use of aesthetic pornography and the philosophical, cultural, and legal implications of its use. He proposes that realizing the obscene --in the sense of speaking the unspeakable-- is the principle aesthetic function of pornography.

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Book Description State Univ of New York Pr 1993 Paperback, 1993. Condition: Good. 'This book goes far beyond the limited implications of the free-speech arguments typically used in support of pornography and erotica. It convincingly argues for the profound, even if sometimes demonic, values of pornography and erotica in the context of literary studies, cultural practices, and philosophical discourse. It is well argued and well researched, avoiding both the polemical excesses and the technical jargon that mar so much current discourse on the topic. Its theoretical openness permits often striking leaps of the imagination and far-reaching apercus which might otherwise have been lost under the weight of a more rigid technical machinery.' -- Allen S. Weiss, New York University This book studies the literary and cinematic functions of the pornographic as a development from a poetics of obscenity. It focuses on the developments of French, British, and American artistic pornography since the eighteenth century. Discussing female literary figures including Hall, Wharton, Nin, 'Reage,' Jong, and Shulman; such men as Cleland, Sade, Beardsley, Lawrence, Joyce, and Miller; and film makers such as Brakhage, Jack Smith, Bruce Conner, Bertolucci, Oshima, and Wertmuller; Michelson analyzes both the use of aesthetic pornography and the philosophical, cultural, and legal implications of its use. He proposes that realizing the obscene --in the sense of speaking the unspeakable-- is the principle aesthetic function of pornography. Peter Michelson teaches in the English Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Table of Contents Preface A Note on Usage 1. The History of Sexuality and Poetics Liberalism and the Problem of Problems The Covert History of Poetics The Proliferation of Perversities Speaking the Unspeakable 2. Pornographic Ways and Means De Vulgari and Beyond The Beast with Two Backs Soft-Core Sophistry Consciousness and Love's Body 3. Decadence and the Poetics of Obscenity What You See Is What She Got But What Do You See? With the Help of That Long Newspaper Spoon There Is No Disputing Taste 4. Unspeakable Moral Rhetorics Interrogating Consensus Visions and Revisions 5. An Unspeakably Tragic Ethos Toward Proliferating Uncertainties Via the Sadistic Sublime 6. The Anarchy Connection Regeneration and Orgiastic Being Where Straight and Gay Converge 7. Comic Catharsis Amiable Anarchy High Affirmation and the Lowdown Truth 8. Women and Pornorotica Asserting Sexual Autonomy Definition and Dialectic Soft-Core Sentiments Interrogation of Nature and Bourgeois Liberation Mining the Hard-Core Class Analysis and the Pornorotica Debate Radical Perverts and Pornorotic Pleasures 9. Unspeakable Spectacle, the Movies What to Do with the Body The Avant-Garde Cinema of Sexuality Hard-Core Full Blown The Dirty Little Secret Goes Pop 10. Obscenity and the Unbearable Law of Liberalism Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty . . . WAP Versus FACT Expense of Spirit in a Waste of Shame Bibliography Ex Library 312 pages. Seller Inventory # 1011915

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