Hardcore from the Heart: The Pleasures, Profits and Politics of Sex in Performance (Critical Performances)

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Pornography, on or off the stage, is an inflammatory issue, and one which is deeply linked to theatrical representation throughout history. But what happens to the notions of the pornographic when a female performer subverts the conventional models of pornographic representation by reclaiming the agency of her own body?
This is exactly what sex industry worker and performance artist Annie Sprinkle attempts through her courageous and challenging work. By locating her discourse on her own body, she renders exploitation impossible and refers to herself as a "post-porn modernist." However, Sprinkle's complication of the power relations inherent in representational acts raises important theoretical issues. When is identity not created by an outside source? When is the female body not in a prostituted relationship to representational structures? Is the spectator always a voyeur? Why is "post-porn" modernism still not endorsed by many brands of feminism? In order to structure a conversation about these issues,
Hardcore from the Heart presents a number of Annie Sprinkle's key performance texts and essays, and interviews with artists who have worked closely with her over the years, together with a critical introduction and commentaries.
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ISBN-13: 9780826490698
ISBN-10: 0826490697
Pagini: 144
Dimensiuni: 138 x 216 x 9 mm
Greutate: 0.19 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Continuum
Seria Critical Performances

Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Annie Sprinkle is an internationally known performance artist, who has toured throughout the US, Australia and Europe.


Foreword: Ooouuuuhhh, Rebecca, I Love It When You Talk Academic, by Rebecca Schneider
Introduction: Sacred Bazoombas, by Gabrielle Cody
PART I. Actions, Rituals, Performances
Strip-Speak: Nurse Sprinkle's Sex Education Class Metamorphosexual Mud-Bath Ritual: A Private Performance Metamorphosex
Peace in Bed
Liberty Love Boat
Annie Sprinkle's Herstory of Porn
Commentary: Annie Sprinkle from Reel to Reel
PART II. Pornographos: Writings of a Prostitute
My Brushes and Crushes with the Law
Dear Friends and Lovers at 848
You've Come a Long Way Baby: Twelve Steps to Cure Sex Worker Burn Out
Commentary: A Labor of Love
PART III. Interviews: A Movable Feast
Annie's Breakfast with Veronica Vera: The Art of Sex Work Lunch at the Art/Life Institute: A Conversation with Annie Sprinkle, Linda Montano, Barbara Carellas and Gabrielle Cody
Dinner with Richard Schnechner and Gabrielle Cody: She Wanted a Better Life
Annie's Dessert with May Thyme, an Anti-Porn Feminist Gabrielle's Midnight Snack with Monika Treaut Outroduction Selected Bibliography and Filmography


'Fasten your seatbelts: You're in for a bumpy ride through the mine fields of your own sexual prejudices. SprinkleÆs fearless, joyful acceptance of sexuality in all its forms runs headlong into some of our most profound anxieties.'-- San Francisco Weekly
'The book is entertaining and provocative, and should delight any serious student of feminist performance art.' -- Publishers Weekly, April 2001
'Hardcore from the Heart serves as a scholarly introduction to Sprinkle's oeuvre by including essays, interviews with collaborators, and performance texts. Recommended for academic libraries.' -- Library Journal, July 2001
'Cody's high-brow commentary is insightful and interestingàHardcore from the Heart is a documentary of some of the most creative and important work around sex and porn achieved in our lifetime. From Annie's infamous live cervix-baring performances to her look at a twenty-year career in sex, her body of work is revealed in this thoughtful book, along with intimate photographs. Bottom line: as anything with Annie Sprinkle as subject, worthy of multiple orgasms.' -- On Our Backs, Oct/Nov 2001
'Fascinatingà.Sprinkle constantly pushes her readers to consider new ideas and new ways of seeing sexuality, sex work and pornography.' -- Lamda Book Report, February 2002
'Annie's prose is humorous and engaging. Her message is more serious, but her delivery is pure entertainment.' -- Metapsychology Online Book Reviews, September 2002