Since the 1990s, the screening of sex on American, British and Asian television screens has become increasingly prolific. Considering not only the specificities of selected sexualised images in relation to popular series, this study also concerns itself with the ramifications of TV sex as well as discussing the various techniques that are used by TV producers/programme makers to establish the cultural worth of their texts in series such as Shameless, The Tudors and True Blood. The contributions draw attention to shifting representations of sex on television away from the authoritarian state and patriarchal order, toward a more democratic form of representation. As a significant and under-represented aspect of contemporary television studies, this is the first full-length academic collection to consider the wide-ranging representations of sex in society on contemporary television.
Dr. James Aston is a lecturer in Film at the University of Hull. His PhD was on cinematic representations of the past and has published on post 9/11 apocalyptic cinema. Dr Basil Glynn is a Lecturer in Film Studies in the Department of Media, Film & Communications, Liverpool Hope University. Dr. Beth Johnson is a lecturer in Television, Film and English Studies at Keele University.
Introduction - by editors. Part I - The [move toward] Democratization of Sex?. Chapter 1: Sex on the 'Set': Pornographic Transgressions ; Chapter 2: Shameless Sex, Democratizing Desire and Libidinous Ambitions. Chapter 3: Fangbanging . Chapter 4: True Blood. Part II - The Sublimination of Sex. Chapter 5: Examining the Importance of 'no-sex' Sex in Pushing Daisies (2007-2009). Chapter 6: My Lovely Sam-soon: Absent Sex and the Unbearable Lightness of Cute Korean Romance ; Chapter 7: Television X-cised: Viewing Habits of British Adult Channels ; Part III - Production Context and Representation of Sex ; Chapter 8: 'I Cannot Talk of Books in a Ball-room': Erotic Austen ; Chapter 9: Performance Anxiety and Period Dramas: Lesbian Sex on the BBC ; Chapter 10: The Conquests of Henry VIII: Masculinity, Sex and the National Past in The Tudors ; Conclusion - by the editors.