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30 Years of Pornography Research in Summary

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30 Years of Pornography Research in Summary

Prof. Döring publishes in Zeitschrift für Sexualforschung

Zeitschrift für Sexualforschung

In her journal article "Linda Williams' 'Hard Core': The Classic of Pornography Research Turns 30 Years Old" published in the Zeitschrift für Sexualforschung [German Journal of Sexuality Research] (Journal Impact Factor 2017 = 0.543), Prof. Dr. Nicola Döring, Research Group Media Psychology and Media Design, discusses the monograph "Hard Core" by US film scholar Linda Williams. The book was published in 1989, amidst the "feminist porn wars". It is considered a classic of pornography research, since it is not just another ideological controversy for or against pornography, but for the first time a scientific contribution that analyzes the genre of pornographic film in detail in its historical development and style. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the work, this journal article introduces the author and her book, deals with its reception history and highlights its significance for today's booming field of pornography research.


Döring, N. (2019). Linda Williams’ “Hard Core”: Der Klassiker der Pornografie-Forschung wird 30 Jahre alt. Zeitschrift für Sexualforschung, 32(01), 1–13. doi:10.1055/a-0835-1668.