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Pornography, the Theory: What Utilitarianism Did to Action

ISBN: 9780226243214
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Edition: 1
Publication Date: 2004-04-25
Number of pages: 208
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Pornography first developed in western Europe during the late eighteenth century in tandem with the rise of utilitarianism, the philosophical position that stresses the importance of something's usefulness over its essence. Through incisive readings of Sade, Flaubert, Lawrence, and Bret Easton Ellis, Frances Ferguson here shows how pornography—like utilitarian social structures—diverts our attention from individual identities to actions and renders more clearly the social value of such actions through concrete literary representations.

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