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I Confess!

Constructing the Sexual Self in the Internet Age

edited by Thomas Waugh & Brandon Arroyo

Publisher
McGill-Queen's University Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2019
Category
General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780773559394
    Publish Date
    Nov 2019
    List Price
    $39.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780773559103
    Publish Date
    Nov 2019
    List Price
    $120.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780228000655
    Publish Date
    Nov 2019
    List Price
    $39.95

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Description

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.

About the authors

Thomas Waugh is the award-winning author or co-author of numerous books, including five for Arsenal Pulp Press: Out/Lines, Lust Unearthed, Montreal Main: A Queer Film Classic (with Jason Garrison), Comin' At Ya! (with David L. Chapman) and Gay Art: A Historic Collection (with Felix Lance Falkon). His other books include Hard to Imagine, The Fruit Machine, and The Romance of Transgression. He teaches film studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, where he lives. He has published widely on political discourses and sexual representation in film and video, on lesbian and gay film and video, and has more recently undertaken interdisciplinary research and teaching on AIDS. He is also the founder and former coordinator of the Minor Programme in Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality at Concordia.

In addition to the titles below, Thomas is also co-editor (with Matthew Hays) of the Queer Film Classics series.

Thomas Waugh's profile page

Brandon Arroyo is instructor of media studies at Queens College, City University of New York.

Brandon Arroyo's profile page

Awards

  • Winner, Warren Johansson Prize

Editorial Reviews

"This collection is a breath of fresh air, full of energy and exciting ideas that stopped me in my tracks. It is both a pleasure to read and a heartening read. There are many riches here of worth to scholars across a range of disciplines, and to the general reader as well." John Mercer, Birmingham School of Media

"A richly diverse collection of original essays by 33 contributors from Canada to Finland to Taiwan that is sure to provoke while it illuminates. Ecumenically embracing topics from trans bathroom battles fought on Twitter to horny teen self-imagers on Chat Roulette, from feminist rape narratives to the politics of "porn fasts," I Confess! keeps its eyes trained, as the editors write, on both sides of net's simultaneous "ominous implications of surveillance and control" and "utopian glimmers of community and liberation."" Baltimore Outloud

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