Speaking the Unspeakable: A Poetics of Obscenity

Speaking the Unspeakable A Poetics of Obscenity 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 pornogr

  • Title: Speaking the Unspeakable: A Poetics of Obscenity
  • Author: Peter Michelson
  • ISBN: 9780791412237
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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, LawrenceThis 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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