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Carnal Resonance: Affect and Online Pornography

Susanna Paasonen


Digital production tools and online networks have dramatically increased the general visibility, accessibility, and diversity of pornography, which can be accessed for free, anonymously, and in a seemingly endless range of niches, styles, and formats. This book moves beyond the usual debates over the legal, political, and moral aspects of pornography to address online pornography in a media historical framework, investigating its modalities, its affect, and its visceral and disturbing qualities. Countering theorizations of pornography as emotionless, affectless, detached, and cold, it addresse ... More

Keywords: digital production, bodily sensations, ambiguous feelings, materiality, porn consumer, user-generated content, amateur porn, viral videos, extreme pornography, shock pornography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262016315
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016315.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susanna Paasonen, author