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Author: Williams Linda

Williams Linda

Linda Williams is an American scholar in fi lm studies, a professor at University of California, Berkeley. Th e author of the books: ‘Figures of Desire: A Theory and Analysis of Surrealist Film’ (1981), ‘Hard Core: Power, Pleasure and the Frenzy of the Visible’ (1989), ‘Screening Sex’ (2008); the editor of the anthologies: ‘Viewing Positions: Ways of Seeing Film’ (1999), ‘Porn Studies’ (2004). E-mail:


Film Bodies: Gender, Genre, and Excess / Logos. 2014. № 6 (102). P. 61-84
annotation:  The author examines three body genres: horror, pornography and melodrama (weepie), in which there are seemingly gratuitous «excesses’—sex, terror, tears, which have a direct (mimic) impact on the senses and the bodies of spectators. In contrast to the classic movie, which is characterized by a linear narrative, body genres are characterized by repetition, parallelism, unmotivated events due to which these genres are considered as «gross’ and “low.” However, they have their own logic, structure and system of “excess,” their own attitude to important human problems. Corporal genres correspond to the three major enigmas confronting the child: the enigma of the origin of sexual desire, “solved” by the fantasy of seduction; the enigma of sexual difference, “solved” by the fantasy of castration; and the enigma of the origin of self, “solved” by the fantasy of family romance or return to origins. Pornography, horror and melodrama present us with their own solutions of these enigmas.
Keywords:  body genres, horror, melodrama, pornography, gender, perversions
Pornography, Porno, Porn: Thoughts on a Weedy Field/ Logos. 2012. № 6 (90). P. 291-309
annotation:  Academic research on pornography is a new fi eld of academic knowledge and its the legitimacy is not suffi ciently understood by scholars working in it. In this article there is an overview of the most important anthology for the field, it contains texts about the whole spectrum of moving-image pornography—from hardcore to erotics. Alsoterminology issues in this specifi c fi eld of studies
is considered and at the end, the author proceeds to the issue of borders in the sphere of knowledge, where the subject is claimed to be in a permanent transgression of limits.

Keywords:  Pornography, hardcore, soft core, academic fi eld, participant observation, feminism, homosexuality, queer, racism, obscene.
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