Seminar 4

Reading: Arrowsmith, Anna. 2013 My pornographic development. In H. Maes (ed.) Pornographic Art and the Aesthetics of Pornography. Basingstoke :Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 287-297 [DROPBOX]

  1. In this piece, Arrowsmith makes some claims about how the erotic can be represented in film. Identify and explain some of them.
  2. In the section titled ‘A sense of reality, a place for space’, Arrowsmith argues for an interesting interplay between the audience and the content of pornography, and the role of the imagination in consuming porn. What is her argument?
  3. What does Arrowsmith have to say about the question of whether pornography can be art?
  4. Some theorists have argued that pornography cannot be art due to the high prevalence of stereotypes and pornographic tropes that are repeated over and over in many porn films. How does Arrowsmith respond to this objection?
  5. In addition to Arrowsmith’s explicit remarks about the relation between pornography and art, she also compares pornography to various art forms throughout the essay. What comparisons does she make? Are they good ones?