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LINDA WILLIAMS

Linda Williams is Professor of Film Studies and Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. Her books include a psychoanalytic study of surrealist cinema, Figures of Desire: A Theory and Analysis of Surrealist Film (University of California Press, 1981), a volume of feminist film criticism, Re-vision: Essays in Feminist Film Criticism (co-edited with Mary Ann Doane and Patricia Mellencamp, American Film Institute Monograph, 1984), an edited volume on film spectatorship, Viewing Positions: Ways of Seeing Film (Rutgers University Press, 1994), and Reinventing Film Studies (co-edited with Christine Gledhill, Bloomsbury, 2000). In 1989, she published a now-classic study of pornographic film entitled Hard Core: Power, Pleasure and the “Frenzy of the Visible” (second edition 1999). In 2002, Williams published Playing the Race Card: Melodramas of Black and White from Uncle Tom to O. J. Simpson (Princeton University Press), an analysis of racial melodrama spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries of American culture. She has also edited a collection of essays on pornography, Porn Studies (Duke University Press, 2004). Her most recent book, Screening Sex (Duke University Press, 2008), provides a history of the revelation and concealment of sex at the movies.