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1st Edition

Performing the Penis
Phalluses in 21st Century Cultures

ISBN 9780367622350
Published July 29, 2022 by Routledge
176 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book will be the first collection that offers an overview and case studies around understandings and manifestations of penises and phalluses in the early twenty-first century. It examines how penises and phalluses are experienced and represented, drawing on examples from pornography, stripping, music video, film, surgery, and comedy. The penis—along with its twin the phallus—has been used to symbolise strength, fertility, and power but also bestiality, violence, and the ‘savage’. It has been worshipped, feared, and mocked. With contributing authors deploying conceptual frameworks based in philosophy, cultural studies, gender studies, affect theory, film theory, feminist theory, art theory, sociology, history, medical anthropology and media studies, this volume will appeal to a broad range of scholars and all who are interested in bodies, genitals, gender, and contemporary cultures.

Table of Contents


Meredith Jones and Evelyn Callahan

1. The Phallus: Power and Vulnerability

David Kreps and Caroline Ruddell

2. The Foetus Phallus Studio

Anna Gonzalez Suero

3. Knowing, Visibility and A Comedic Penis

Adam Eldridge

4. ‘The Easy Way Out’: Vasectomies in Sociopornographic Magazines

Jonathan A. Allan

5. Hung Jury: Queer Verdicts of Sex Reassignment Surgery Versus Trans Men’s Surgical Journeys

Trystan Cotton

6. The Penis in the Medical Imagination

Evelyn Callahan and David Griffiths

7. Playing with Penises: Gigantic and Miniature Phallic Performances

Meredith Jones and Kieran Sellars

8. ‘I Do What I Know How To Do’: Performing the Penis in Key West*

Tim Dean

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Meredith Jones is Director of the Institute of Communities and Society at Brunel University London, UK.

Evelyn Callahan is a Research Fellow at The Open University.