Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversion

Darren Kerr (Editor), Donna Peberdy (Editor)

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Abstract

Tainted Love is the first critical anthology to offer extended analysis of the representation of sexual perversities on screen. Interrogating the recent shift towards the mainstream in the cinematic representation of previously marginalised sexual practices, it 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, teenage 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 imaging 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 perversities on screen.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherI.B.Tauris
Number of pages289
ISBN (Print)9781780761961
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017

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Screening
Sexual Perversion
Sexual
Sexuality
Obsessions
Perversity
Hysteria
Anthology
Philosophy
Degeneracy
Marquis De Sade
Devil
Perversion
Cinema
Moral Panic
Cultural Studies
Larry Clark
Fiction
Folk
French Cinema

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London : I.B.Tauris, 2017. 289 p.

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