Pornography and Sexual Representation: A Reference Guide - Vol. 3

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Comics

BACKGROUND: DRAWINGS, CARICATURES, AND COMICS

For background, the scholar should consult general histories. Of several historical surveys, M. Thomas Inge's Comics as Culture is an excellent, wide-ranging study, with occasional mention of cartoonists working in erotic/pornographic genres; it contains an annotated bibliography and an especially useful guide to American library collections of comics. Another good survey is Les Daniels' Comix: A History of Comic Books in America, although it concludes with the advent of underground comics in the 1960s. William M. Marston's "Why 100,000,000 Americans Read Comics" places cartooning in a specifically American context and is worth a look because of its analysis of classes of readers and the loyalty they bring to the genre. Comic Book Confidential, a video chronology of American comic books, includes footage on censorship in the 1950s as well as on underground comix of recent decades, with interviews and narrative by R. Crumb and other artists. Martin Barker's Comics: Ideology, Power and the Critics offers an interesting perspective because it compares comic book controversies in the United States with those in Great Britain.

The classic text on sexually explicit pre-twentieth-century examples, Eduard Fuchs' Das Erotische Element in der Karikatur (part of his larger history of erotic art), covers mostly European drawings and caricatures of the late nineteenth century, as opposed to the cartoons that became popular later. Some early French examples can be found in John Grand-Carteret's Die Erotik in der französischen Karikatur, although, like Fuchs' work, it is more generally concerned with erotic drawings of all sorts. Turn-of-the-century American pornographic cartoons were sporadically produced, though in enough volume to attract the attention of bluenoses. The Annual Reports of the New York Society for the

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Pornography and Sexual Representation - A Reference Guide Volume III iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xvii
  • How to Use This Guide xxi
  • Introduction: Finding a Place for Pornography 749
  • 15: Folklore and Oral Genres 755
  • 16: Erotic Literature 811
  • 17: Newspapers, Magazines, and Advertising 879
  • 18: Comics 932
  • 19: Research on Pornography in the Medical and Social Sciences 954
  • 20: Pornography and Law 1019
  • 21: The Economics of Pornography 1093
  • Index 1123
  • About the Author 1315
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