Understanding Pornographic Fiction

Sex, Violence, and Self-Deception

  • Charles O. Nussbaum

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Charles O. Nussbaum
    Pages 25-53
  3. Charles O. Nussbaum
    Pages 102-150
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 151-187

About this book


This work defends two main theses. First, modern Western pornographic fiction functions as a self-deceptive vehicle for sexual or blood-lustful arousal; and second, that its emergence owes as much to Puritan Protestantism and its inner- or this-worldly asceticism as does the emergence of modern rationalized capitalism.


Pornography obscenity sex violence self-deception Protestant ethic speech acts moral psychology discourse fiction morality protestantism Puritan resistance understanding

Authors and affiliations

  • Charles O. Nussbaum
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TexasUSA

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