Perspectives on Pornography: Sexuality in Film and by Clive Bloom, Gary Day, Owen Clayton

By Clive Bloom, Gary Day, Owen Clayton

Facing ethical, political and sexual tensions, this quantity presents a discussion board for male/female discussion in regards to the historical past, dissemination and outcomes of pornographic representaion in movie and literature, aiming to problem tested perspectives and encourage additional exploration and debate.

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As D. H. '32 The dramatic sales figures achieved by Lady Chatterley were to be reproduced when Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer had struggled through its travails: here Grove Press guarded its investment by supporting booksellers in over sixty prosecutions (EO, p. ). Putnam's similarly benefited from the successful defence of Fanny Hill. The allure of the censored/recently decensored text for readers can be accounted for by appeal to a concept formulated by Walter Benjamin in his essay 'The Work of Art in an Age of Mechanical Reproduction'.

Whiteside admits this (BC, p. 3). As Raymond Williams points out in The Long Revolution, 'ownership and control of the means of production has narrowed' throughout the twentieth century, 15 a process Charles Madison's book Book Publishing in America describes in detail. 16 Even the much-vaunted paperback revolution was well advanced in the 1940s. Penguin Books, after all, had begun publishing in 1935, and its American imitator, Pocket Books, in 1939 (BPA, p. ). Indeed, it can be claimed that it was the reading requirements of soldiers during the Second World War that really established the paperback reading habit.

27). This, combined with other high publishing indivisibles, meant that enormous savings could result from extended print-runs, provided sales proved to be high. This provides a key context for the emergence of the blockbuster complex. For example, in 1961, if the unit cost of a print-run of 1000 copies were to be regarded as 100, then the unit cost of a print-run of 50,000 would be only 8, a saving of 92 units (ELP, p. 29). Technological changes accentuated this: long print-runs better justified the use of rotary printers: at full capacity, costs could be reduced by approximately 27 per cent, and big rotary printers in tum could be as much as 42 per cent cheaper to operate than small rotaries (ELP, p.

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