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Alice in Pornoland: Hardcore Encounters with the Victorian Gothic
UI Press | Laura Helen Marks | Alice in Pornoland: Hardcore Encounters with the Victorian Gothic
This book argues that pornographic film relies on a particular "Victorianness" in generating eroticism—a Gothic Victorianness that is monstrous and restrained, repressed but also perverse, static but also transformative, and preoccupied with gender, sexuality, race, and time. Through an analysis of porn set during the nineteenth century and porn adaptations Jekyll and Mr. In the process, neo-Victorian pornographies draw on Gothic spaces and icons in order to situate itself as this Gothic other, utilizing the Gothic and the monstrous to craft a transformative, pornographic space. These neo-Victorian Gothic pornographies expose the way the genre as a whole emphasizes, navigates, transgresses, and renegotiates gender, sexuality, and race through the lens of history and legacy. Forgot your password? Don't have an account?
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The unquenchable thirst of Dracula. The animal lust of Mr. The acquiescence of Lewis Carroll's Alice. Victorian literature--with its overtones of prudishness, respectability, and Old World hypocrisy--belies a subverted eroticism.