Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversion

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Darren Kerr, Donna Peberdy
Bloomsbury Academic, Nov 30, 2017 - Performing Arts - 304 pages
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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.

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About the author (2017)

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).

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