Voluptuous Yearnings: A Feminist Theory of the Obscene

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1994 - Philosophy - 115 pages
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Caputi offers a broad theory of obscenity in contemporary American culture by answering the questions "What is obscenity?" and "How does obscenity operate within the confines of our society?" Drawing on psychoanalytic, postmodernist and feminist theory, she examines examples from many areas of contemporary art and culture ranging from Robert Mapplethorpe's controversial photography to Madonna's mixture of the religious and the erotic in the song "Like a Prayer," from novels including Joyce Rebta-Burditt's The Cracker Factory, and Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, to films including Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris, Wim Wender's Wings of Desire, and Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing.
  

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Contents

Metonymy and Fragmentation Feminist Readings of Pornography
15
The Contrapuntal Feminine and Male Hysteria
27
Thanatos Abjection and the Race Toward Death
45
The Contribution of Critical Theory
59
Obscenity and American Culture Control
79
Notes
93
Select Bibliography
101
Index
107
About the Author
113
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About the author (1994)

Mary Caputi is assistant professor of political science at Saint Mary's College.

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