Chapters

Il cadavere squisito e la morte del senso. Una possibile interpretazione di Spostamenti progressivi del piacere (1974)

Book: Sguardi differenti. Studi in onore di Lorenzo Cuccu, edited by Lucia Cardone, Sandra Lischi. Pisa: ETS [forthcoming]

Language: Italian

Abstract:

This article is the analysis of the 1974 film by Alain Robbe-Grillet Successive Slidings of Pleasure (Glissements progressifs du plaisir). In particular it analyses the permanence of themes and figures related to the representation of death (murders, corpses, torture, vampires) in a context of metadiscursive re-elaboration of the erotic genre’s tropes.

Grotesque Empowerment. Belladonna’s Strapped Dykes Between Mainstream and Queer

Language: English

Book: Porn After Porn. Contemporary Alternative Pornographies, edited by Enrico Biasin, Giovanna Maina, Federico Zecca. Milano-Udine: Mimesis International 2014, pp. 83-106

Piaceri identitari e (porno)subculture

Book: Il porno espanso. Dal cinema ai nuovi media, edited by Enrico Biasin, Giovanna Maina, Federico Zecca. Milano-Udine: Mimesis 2011, pp. 197-227

URL: http://www.mimesisedizioni.it/Cinema/Il-porno-espanso.html

Language: Italian

Abstract:

I wrote this essay for the anthology on contemporary audio-visual pornography Il porno espanso. Dal cinema ai nuovi media I co-edited with Enrico Biasin and Federico Zecca (University of Udine). In my chapter, I investigated the relation between eroticism and subcultures within alternative pornography. Alt porn – as producers and users commonly call this (quite successful) subgenre of net porn – is generally deemed to be alternative to mainstream/corporate pornography on a representational, aesthetic and also ethic level, for its particular attention to issues such as eroticization of non standard bodily features, representation of models as (supposedly) well-rounded individuals, importance of identity-building processes and fair working conditions for all the people involved; and, of course, for its direct address to existing (musical) subcultures – goths, punks, ravers, etc. but also nerds, vegans, hippies and so on. In particular, I focused on a number of alt “solo” websites owned by female models/webmasters who tend to present themselves as untiring sex lovers with unconventional bodies, but also as self-conscious sex workers and activists. What I found very interesting – and at the same time extremely challenging – about these materials is the (deliberate or not) “pornographication” of identity – whether personal or subcultural – through which the models/owners of these small porn enterprises build the erotic appeal of their home-made sexual representations. The case of Furry Girl – an unshaven vegan model, owner of four websites and of an online eco-sex store, and also author of two blogs – is a perfect example of this complete overlapping of life and (porn) representation.

When Porn Meets Identity: Self-representation, Art and Niche Market in Alternative Porn

Book: Extended Cinema. Le cinéma gagne du terrain, edited by Philippe Dubois, Frédéric Monvoisin, Elena Biserna. Udine: Campanotto 2010, pp. 371-377.

URL: http://www.campanottoeditore.com/vedilibro.php?pagina=catalogoelencolibri.php&idlibro=1869

Language: English

Description: Proceedings of the II Film Studies Summer School (Paris, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, 29th June-10th July 2009).

Macchine nubili
Book: Pop Porn. Critica dell’immaginario porno, edited by Matteo Bonazzi, Francesco Cappa. Milano: Et al. 2010, pp. 148-159.

URL: http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Pop_porn.html?id=EuMZQwAACAAJ&redir_esc=y

Language: Italian

Abstract:

In this essay I wrote for the volume Pop Porn. Critica dell’immaginario porno – an anthology on pornographic imagery edited by Matteo Bonazzi and Francesco Cappa (University of Milan) –, I have tried to demonstrate how commercial adult entertainment can be potentially interspersed with problematic gender issues. Starting from the incapability of hard-core texts to visually represent female pleasure, I have analysed the “fucking machines” – mechanical devices equipped with (sometimes multiple) rubber phalluses and other pleasure-inducing tools – as a sort of metaphorical substitute for this “quintessential failure” of (audio-visual) pornography. In her latest book Screening Sex (Duke University Press, Durham and London, 2008), Linda Williams interprets the notorious “Exsexive Machine” scene from the 1968 movie Barbarella (Roger Vadim) as a perfect embodiment of the clash between two opposite notions of orgasm: one, “finite, masculine concept of sexual pleasure as climax and crescendo” versus “the lessons of Kinsey, Masters and Johnson, and feminist sexological revisions of female sexual pleasure as potentially infinite.” (p. 168). The contemporary fucking machine – even though undoubtedly charged with a certain aesthetic and symbolic hyper-virility –, unlike its cinematic “space age” ancestor, seems to share with its female human partner a “potentially infinite” aptitude for sexual performance and pleasure, thus creating a sort of gender hybrid. At the same time, however, several porn clips showing a woman with a fucking machine repeatedly put stress on images of female ejaculation, thus re-focusing on the idea of orgasm as climax and confusing gender representations further on. Quite paradoxically, then, in the “artificial” sexual intercourse between a disembodied female-phallus and an insatiable ejaculating-woman, we can find a representation capable of blurring the traditional gender binarism.

Spostamenti progressivi del vedere. Appunti per una storia della mobile pornography
Book: I film in tasca. Videofonino, cinema e televisione, edited by Maurizio Ambrosini, Giovanna Maina, Elena Marcheschi. Pisa: Felici 2009, pp. 105-127.

URL: http://www.felicieditore.it/index.php?pagina=prodotti&idElemento=733&mode=6&catPrec=266

Language: Italian

Abstract:

This article is part of an anthology on mobile phones as means of film production and consumption I edited with Maurizio Ambrosini and Elena Marcheschi (University of Pisa). My chapter is dedicated to mobile pornography in its early days (before the “mainstreaming” of smartphones). It starts with a survey on the relationship between technology and pornography, and with a description of mobile porn as a “disruptive innovation” (according to Piet Bakker and Saara Taalas’ statement). Then, notwithstanding the difficulties in finding information and data (due to the nature of the subject), I tried to trace the historical development of pre-3G mobile porn in Europe and the USA, also outlining its distinctive features and describing its controversial relation to the mobile business in general.

Una finzione imperfetta
Book: Italiana Off. Pratiche e poetiche del cinema italiano periferico 2001-2008, edited by Roy Menarini. Gorizia: Transmedia 2008, pp. 110-121

Language: Italian

Description:

This article is an analysis of the Italian independent movie Quartetto (Salvatore Piscicelli, 2001). The film has been produced following the rules of Dogma 95, and I have tried to analyse the way in which its technical, stylistic and narrative features have to some extent influenced its (in)capability of articulating a fictional universe (according to the categories developed by Roger Odin in his essay De la fiction). This article is preceded by an interview with the director, taking into account the problems of (independent) production and distribution in Italian cinema.