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Alice in PornolandHardcore Encounters with the Victorian Gothic$
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Laura Helen Marks

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042140

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042140.001.0001

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I’m Grown up now

I’m Grown up now

Female Sexual Authorship and Coming of Age in Pornographic Adaptations of Lewis Carroll’s Alice Books

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Alice in Pornoland

Laura Helen Marks

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores pornographic constructions of female sexual agency through the character of Lewis Carroll’s Alice. These films use the Alice narrative to play out fantasies of womanly sexual authority through humor and sadomasochism. These films constitute recuperative projects that rescue Alice from her pawn status and position her as object, subject, and author within the pornographic text. I demonstrate the ways in which cultural understandings of the Alice stories are used by pornographic filmmakers to depict Wonderlands as joyful fantasy spaces for re-visionings of the normative and for developing and directing a particular pornographic female sexual subjectivity.

Keywords:   Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll, Girlhood, sexual agency, BDSM, Pornography, neo-Victorian, adaptation, children’s literature, Bill Osco, Gothic

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