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Hardcore from the Heart: The Pleasures, Profits and Politics of Sex in Performance (Critical Performances) Paperback – June 7, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0826490698 ISBN-10: 0826490697

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From Publishers Weekly

Dedicated to "academics, whores and academic whores everywhere," Hardcore from the Heart: The Pleasures, Profits and Politics of Sex in Performance is a collaboration between sex worker and performance artist Annie Sprinkle (Annie Sprinkle, Post-Porn Modernist: My Twenty-Five Years as a Multimedia Whore) and Vassar College drama professor Gabrielle Cody (Impossible Performance: Duras As Dramatist). Sprinkle is probably the best-known of the first generation of women performance artists whose work focuses on sex and sexuality. Together, the authors reflect on Sprinkle's work and explore tensions within feminism over pornography and the complex power relations inherent in any art that makes use of the female body. The book combines Cody's academic analysis and Sprinkle's own writings with conversations between Sprinkle and her friends (porn star Veronica Vera) and critics (anti-porn feminist Mae Tyme). While too academic for many readers, the book is entertaining and provocative, and should delight any serious student of feminist performance art. Photos not seen by PW.

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From Library Journal

Considered the first female performance artist to focus explicitly on sex, Sprinkle, in one of her most notorious performances, invited audience members to view her cervix with the help of a speculum and a flashlight. This is the third installment of Continuum's "Critical Performances" series, which pairs artists with critical theorists. Here, Sprinkle and Cody (drama, Vassar Coll.) collaborate to provide critical analysis of Sprinkle's performance work. Sprinkle's Post-Porn Modernist: My 25 Years As a Multimedia Whore (Cleis, 1998) is a colorful biographical scrapbook of her career as a porn star and performance artist. In contrast, Hardcore from the Heart serves as a scholarly introduction to Sprinkle's oeuvre by including essays, interviews with collaborators, and performance texts. Recommended for academic libraries. Krista Ivy, Bryn Mawr Coll. Lib., PA
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Product Details

  • Series: Critical Performances
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (June 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826490697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826490698
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,333,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Magdalene Meretrix on December 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is a combination of pure Annie Sprinkle and the deconstruction of Sprinkle as provided by critical theorists. The academic sections can be heavy going if you're not used to that kind of writing, but this book is definitely worth getting, even if you end up skipping over the academic parts. The theory is like a frame around the artwork of Annie's life and like any good frame, takes up a small portion of the book, leaving the bulk of the pages for the actual art and information by and about Annie. Annie's art and life are just as vibrant and gorgeous whether you look at the frame or never notice it exists. The critique can help to set Annie's work into a larger context and it's worth reading, in my opinion, but if you love Annie Sprinkle but aren't into the post-modern scholarship thing, don't let that scare you away from "Hardcore from the Heart."
So what else is in this book? Well, there are great photos of Annie from important moments in her life, interviews with Annie and with others about Annie, a fantastic and respectful debate between Annie and an anti-porn feminist, biographical info about Annie and selections of Annie's work -- both scripts from her performances and work written by Annie. If you enjoy collecting and reading Annie Sprinkle's words, you need this book because it has things that don't appear in any other book by or about her. Overall, the book is a buffet of Annie Sprinkle, examining her from every imaginable angle, inside and out.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 2001
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Annie Sprinkle has been delighting us at the intellectual and visceral levels for at least a decade with her cutting edge approach to sexual taboos. I love the humor and wisdom she brings to the world of sex, and the way she makes me thinkthinkthink about the IDEAS underlying my sex life. Great stuff from a brilliant sexual philosopher and an adventurous feminist. Brava!!
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