Double lancement : I Confess: Constructing the Sexual Self in the Internet Age–products-9780773559103.php

Je participe à cette publication internationale avec un essai intitulé « Camming and Erotic Capital: The Pornographic as an Expression of Neoliberalism ». Il s’agit d’une version traduite de mon texte qui avait remporté le prix de l’essai étudiant de l’Association canadienne d’études cinématographiques en 2018.


Deux dates :

le vendredi, 29 novembre

de 16h à 18h

GEM Lab, Université Concordia

1250 rue Guy, #FB 630.15


le samedi, 30 novembre

de 16h à 18h

L’Euguélionne, librairie féministe

1426 rue Beaudry


Résumé :

A critique and excavation of sexual confession as the key ritual of twenty-first-century moving image culture, from the banal to the forbidden.

In the postwar decades, sexual revolutions – first women’s suffrage, flappers, Prohibition, and Mae West; later Alfred Kinsey, Hugh Hefner, and the pill – altered the lifestyles and desires of generations. Since the 1990s, the internet and its cataclysmic cultural and social technological shifts have unleashed a third sexual revolution, crystallized in the acts and rituals of confession that are a staple of our twenty-first-century lives.

In I Confess!, a collection of thirty original essays, leading international scholars such as Ken Plummer, Susanna Paasonen, Tom Roach, and Shohini Ghosh explore the ideas of confession and sexuality in moving image arts and media, mostly in the Global North, over the last quarter century. Through self-referencing or autobiographical stories, testimonies, and performances, and through rigorously scrutinized case studies of « gay for pay, » gaming, camming, YouTube uploads, and the films Tarnation and Nymph()maniac, the contributors describe a spectrum of identities, desires, and related representational practices. Together these desires and practices shape how we see, construct, and live our identities within this third sexual revolution, embodying both its ominous implications of surveillance and control and its utopian glimmers of community and liberation.

Inspired by theorists from Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze to Gayle Rubin and José Esteban Muñoz, I Confess! reflects an extraordinary, paradigm-shifting proliferation of first-person voices and imagery produced during the third sexual revolution, from the eve of the internet to today.

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