9780230368200

Pornographic Art and the Aesthetics of Pornography

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  • ISBN13:

    9780230368200

  • ISBN10:

    0230368204

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-11-19
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Summary

Art or Porn? The popular media will often choose this heading when reviewing the latest sexually explicit novel, film, or art exhibition. The underlying assumption seems to be that the work under discussion has to be one or the other, and cannot be both. But is this not a false dilemma? Can one really draw a sharp line between the pornographic and the artistic? Isn't it time to make room for pornographic art and for an aesthetic investigation of pornography? In answering these questions this book will draw on insights from many different disciplines, including philosophy, feminist theory, aesthetics, art history, film studies, theatre studies, as well as on the experience of people who are actually operating in the art world and porn industry. By offering a variety of theoretical approaches and examples taken from a wide range of art forms and historical periods, the reader will gain a fuller and deeper comprehension of the relations and frictions between art and pornography.

Author Biography

Hans Maes is Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Art at the University of Kent, UK. He is also President of the Dutch Association of Aesthetics and co-director of the Aesthetics Research Group at Kent. 

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; Hans Maes
PART I: ART OR PORN : CLEAR DIVISION OR FALSE DILEMMA?
1. Pornography, Art, and Porno-Art; Mari Mikkola
2. Exclusivism and Evaluation: Art, Erotica, and Pornography; Stephanie Lynn Patridge
3. A Pornographic Way of Seeing; Stephen Mumford
PART II: THE AESTHETICS OF PORNOGRAPHY: PHILOSOPHICAL AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
4. Pornography and Acting; Tzachi Zamir
5. The Fictional Character of Pornography; Sam Liao and Sara Protasi
6. Image Economies and the Erotic Life of the Unlovely; Edward Winters
PART III: THE AESTHETICS OF PORNOGRAPHY: HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES
7. Before Pornography: Sexual Representation in Ancient Roman Visual Culture; John Clarke
8. Sheela-na-gig Again: The Birth of a New Style From the Spirit of Pornography; Stefan Trinks
9. Aestheticising Pornography for the 21st-Century Academy: Pedagogy as Ars Erotica or Scientia Sexualis
David Bennett
PART IV: PORNOGRAPHIC ART: CRITICAL EXPLORATIONS
10. Clean Feet and Dirty Dancing: The Erotic Pas de Deux and Boys in the Sand; Edward D. Miller
11. The Pornography of Death; John Tercier
12. Porno-Graphic: Why Words Matter in Fiona Banner's Arsewoman in Wonderland; Kim Dhillon
PART V: PORNOGRAPHIC ART: THEORY IN PRACTICE
13. A Queer Balance: Power Relations in Homosexual Representations and in Choosing Flowers; Michael Petry
14. The Fluidity of Acceptability: Seduced by Art and Pornography and the Kinsey Institute Collection; Marina Wallace
15. My Pornographic Development; Anna Arrowsmith
Index

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