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Speaking the Unspeakable
Speaking the Unspeakable (December 1992)
A Poetics of Obscenity
Peter Michelson - Author

"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 di...(Read More)
Seeing Films Politically
Seeing Films Politically (March 1991)
Mas'ud Zavarzadeh - Author

"In a big league along with Brecht and Barthes." -- Ernest Callenbach, Editor, Film Quarterly

In this bold political rethinking of contemporary film theory, Zavarzadeh overturns the dominant concepts that fetishize film as a work of art or simple entertainment. He demonstrates how aesthetic notions obscure the ideological effects produced by viewing films, particularly the production of the spectator as the subject of social class. S...(Read More)
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