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Explicit Utopias
Rewriting the Sexual in Women's Pornography
Explicit Utopias
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Amalia Ziv - Author
Price: $85.00 
Hardcover - 312 pages
Release Date: August 2015
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-5709-3

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Paperback - 312 pages
Release Date: July 2016
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-5708-6

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Provides an incisive account of women’s porn and queer porn of the 1980s and 1990s.

Explicit Utopias explores a problem that has long haunted feminist, lesbian, and queer critics: the obstacles to imagining women’s desire and sexual agency. Pornography is one arena in which women have actively sought to imaginatively overcome this problem, yet pornography has also been an object of passionate feminist contention. Revisiting the feminist sex wars of the 1980s, Amalia Ziv offers a comprehensive and thoughtful reassessment of the arguments and concerns of both camps, tying these early debates to the contemporary surge of concern over the pornification of culture. She also sets out to rectify the lack of critical attention to marginal sexual representations by examining the feminist, queer, and psychoanalytic literature on several key issues, including fantasy, the phallus, identification, and gender performativity.

“...a welcome investigation into the possible value of alternative sexual representations for women and feminism.” — hypatia

Amalia Ziv is Lecturer in Gender Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.



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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

Introduction: Pornography, Subjectivity, and the Reinscription of Fantasy

1. Between Sexual Commodities and Sexual Subjects: The Feminist Pornography Debate Revisited

2. The Phantasmatic Gay Man: Cross-Identification in Women’s Pornography

3. Refiguring Penetration

4. The Phallus and Its Vicissitudes

5. Sexuality beyond Gender: Gender Performativity in Lesbian Pornography

6. Female Sexual Subjectivity in a Queer World

Coda: Pornographic Pedagogy, Explicit Utopias, and the Future of Female Sexual Subjectivity

Notes
Works Cited
Index


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