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Alice in Pornoland: Hardcore Encounters with the Victorian Gothic

Laura Helen Marks


This book argues that pornographic film relies on a particular "Victorianness" in generating eroticism—a Gothic Victorianness that is monstrous and restrained, repressed but also perverse, static but also transformative, and preoccupied with gender, sexuality, race, and time. Pornographic films enthusiastically expose the perceived hypocrisy of this Victorianness, rhetorically equating it with mainstream, legitimate culture, as a way of staging pornography’s alleged sexual authenticity and transgressive nature. Through an analysis of porn set during the nineteenth century and porn adaptations ... More

Keywords: Pornography, porn studies, Gothic, Monstrosity, Horror, Victorian, neo-Victorian, Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland, Dracula, Jekyll & Hyde, Dorian Gray, nineteenth-century, adaptation, Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker, Duality, Transformation, sexual subjectivity, technology, history of sexuality, heritage film, queer studies, sex work, feminism, cinema

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042140
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042140.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Helen Marks, author
Tulane University