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Earogenous Zones Earogenous Zones
Sound, Sexuality and Cinema
Edited by: Bruce Johnson

Series: Genre, Music and Sound

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With its capacity to defamiliarize and subvert visual representation, sound is not simply a source of information supplementary to the visual in the cinematic representation of sexuality, but a site of ambiguous ideologies and power relations.

This collection exemplifies a variety of approaches to the sonic representation of sexuality in cinema. It draws on a range of sexual scenarios from pornography to sci-fi to art-house and includes cinema from various cultures and countries. Among the topics addressed are how the deployment of sound is implicated in gender politics in the representation of sexuality and how sounds are able to radically colour and even override the visual and lexical content of a film.

Through sonicity the film-maker can challenge the ideologies at play underneath surface stereotypes, and introduce emotional overtones which meliorate the alienation generally associated with porn. Sound and music can establish a historical period as well as spatially localize sexuality within a framework that problematizes the distinctions between porn and erotica. They can introduce into the ahistorical sextopia of porn the cultural specificity of the notion of ‘pornography’ and indeed can shift a film in and out of that category, even desexualizing the naked human body.

Bruce Johnson

1. Sound Decisions: Interviews with Ole Ege
Bruce Johnson

2. Beyond the Valley of the Ultra Cliché: Erotic Plenitude in the Films of Russ Meyer
Mark Evans (with Matt Burgess)

3. The Push/Pull Game: The Dynamics of Sound in Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor and The Sheltering Sky
Lesley Chow, film writer

4. Depraved Desire: Sado-Masochism, Sexuality and Sound in mid-1970s Cinema
Clarice Butkus, MA candidate, New York University

5. The Peculiar ‘Love’ Music in Oshima’s Ai no korida
James Wierzbicki, University of Michigan

6. Lust in Space: Science Fiction Themes & Sex Cinema (1960-82)
Phil Hayward, Southern Cross University and Macquarie University

7. Zero Gravity
Phil Hayward and Emil Stoichkov, actor and filmmaker

8. “It’s Gotta Be That New Wave Music”: Music in New Wave Hookers Carries the Joke
Laura Wiebe Taylor, PhD candidate, McMaster University

9. Making “a mall movie about a man with a 13-inch penis”: popular music representations of pornographic intention
Liz Giuffre, PhD candidate, Macquarie University

10. Musical Spirals: Eyes Wide Shut… Ears Wide Open
Kevin Clifton, Indiana State University

11. Multiple Positions: Sound, Sex and Aural Dominance in 9 Songs
Andrea Warren, independent scholar

12. Music, Image, and Orgasm: Getting Off on the Shortbus
Marianne Tatom Letts, independent scholar

13. In Extremis: The roots, soundscapes and significations of 21st Century zombie porn
Ralph Marsh, independent scholar

ISBN-10 (Paperback)1845533186
ISBN-13 (Paperback)9781845533182
Price (Paperback)£16.99/$29.99
Publication DateNovember 2010
Size234 x 156mm
Readershipstudents, academics

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