Screening Sex (a John Hope Franklin Center Book)

Screening Sex (a John Hope Franklin Center Book)

Linda Williams


For a long time, kisses have been the single sexual acts to be noticeable in mainstream American videos. Then, within the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies, American cinema “grew up” in accordance with the sexual revolution, and film audiences got here to count on extra wisdom approximately what occurred among the sheets. In Screening intercourse, the well known movie student Linda Williams investigates how intercourse acts were represented on monitor for greater than a century and, simply as vital, how we've watched and skilled these representations. even if analyzing the arch artistry of final Tango in Paris, the on-screen orgasms of Jane Fonda, or the anal intercourse of 2 cowboys in Brokeback Mountain, Williams illuminates the kinds of excitement and vicarious wisdom derived from screening sex.

Combining tales of her personal coming of age as a moviegoer with movie historical past, cultural heritage, and readings of important movies, Williams offers a desirable historical past of the on-screen kiss, a glance on the shift from adolescent kisses to extra grown-up screens of intercourse, and a comparability of the “tasteful” Hollywood sexual interlude with sexuality as represented in sexploitation, Blaxploitation, and avant-garde motion pictures. She considers final Tango in Paris and Deep Throat, 1972 movies unapologetically all approximately intercourse; within the Realm of the Senses, the one paintings of Nineteen Seventies overseas cinema that mixed hard-core intercourse with erotic artwork; and the sexual provocations of the mainstream video clips Blue Velvet and Brokeback Mountain. She describes paintings movies because the Nineteen Nineties, during which the intercourse is competitive, loveless, or alienated. eventually, Williams displays at the event of screening intercourse on small displays at domestic instead of on huge displays in public. by means of realizing screening intercourse as either revelation and concealment, Williams has written the definitive examine of intercourse on the movies.

Linda Williams is Professor of movie reports and Rhetoric on the college of California, Berkeley. Her books comprise Porn reports, additionally released by means of Duke collage Press; enjoying the Race Card: Melodramas of Black and White from Uncle Tom to O. J. Simpson; Viewing Positions: methods of Seeing movie; and tough center: strength, excitement, and the “Frenzy of the Visible.”

A John wish Franklin heart Book

November

424 pages
129 illustrations
6x9 trim size
ISBN 0-8223-0-8223-4285-5
paper, $24.95
ISBN 0-8223-0-8223-4263-4
library fabric variation, $89.95
ISBN 978-0-8223-4285-4
paper, $24.95
ISBN 978-0-8223-4263-2
library textile variation, $89.95

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