Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversion (International Library of the Moving Image)

Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversion (International Library of the Moving Image)

By: Darren Kerr (editor), Donna Peberdy (editor)Hardback

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This is the first critical anthology to offer extended analysis of the representation of sexual perversion on screen. Interrogating the recent shift towards the mainstream in the cinematic representation of previously marginalised sexual practices, Tainted Love challenges the discourses and debates around sexual taboo, moral panics, degeneracy, deviance and disease, which present those who enact such sexualities as modern folk devils. This timely collection brings together leading scholars who draw on a variety of critical approaches including adaptation, performance, cultural studies, queer theory, feminism and philosophy to examine screen representations of controversial sexualities from the weird and wonderful to the debased and debauched. Chapters explore provocative performances of hysteria and sexual obsession, `everyday' perversion in neoliberal culture, the radical potential of sadomasochism, adolescent sexuality in the films of Larry Clark, intergenerational sex and incestuous relations in French cinema, sexual obsession in gay cinema, the straightness of necrophilia, the presentation of the paedophile, Swedish Erotica's `good sex' and re-imagining the Marquis de Sade from film to slash fiction. In order to move past binary distinctions of good and bad, normal and abnormal, moral and immoral, Tainted Love seeks to critically interrogate perverse sexualities and sexual perversion on screen.

About Author

Darren Kerr and Donna Peberdy are senior lecturers in film and television at Southampton Solent University, UK. Darren is the co-editor of Hard to Swallow: Hardcore Pornography on Screen (2012). Donna is the author of Masculinity and Film Performance: Male Angst in Contemporary American Cinema (2011).

Contents

Introduction: A Prelude to Perversion Darren Kerr and Donna PeberdyReviled Bodies: Fantasies, Realities and the Boundaries of the Explicit1. 'Straight' Necrophilia as a 'Queer' Perversion in Lynne Stopkewich's Kissed Lisa Downing2. The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name: O Fantasma and Erotomania John Mercer3. Perverting the Explicit: Catherine Breillat's Visual Vocabulary of Desire Helen Hester 4. From Sexual Perversion to Social Trauma: Titillating, Terrorism and Italian Erotic Cinema during the Anni di piomboXavier MendikToo Close for Comfort: Mainstream Perversion, Marginal Tastes5. A Dangerous Method? Provocative Performances of Perversion Donna Peberdy6. Normalising Masochism: Assimilating Sexual Perversion in Secretary Caroline Walters 7. Smutty Swedes: Sex Films, Pornography and 'Good Sex'Susanna Paasonen8. 'Does This Look Sexual To You?': Neoliberal Culture and Everyday Perversion Martin FradleyComing of Age: Generational Encounters and Dangerous Liaisons9. Larry Clark's Sex Education: Teenage Sexuality and the Denial of Denial Sarah Arnold 10. The Age of Perversion: L'ennui, Erotic Combat and Intergenerational Existentialism Beth Johnson 11. A Mother's Love Cannot be Denied: Ma MereClarissa SmithSexual Infidelity: Adapting the Deviant, Re-imagining the Perverse12. Perverting the Marquis de Sade Sarah Harman13. 'Something Sweet': Little Children, the Sex Offender and Emma Bovary's Eyes Guy Barefoot14. Erasing the Paedophile: Let the Right One In and the Wrong One GoDarren Kerr FilmographyBibliography

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781780761954
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9781780761954
  • ISBN10: 1780761953

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