Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversion

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 10.00.27Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversion, edited by Darren Kerr and Donna Peberdy, is the first critical anthology to offer extended analysis of the representation of sexual perversities on screen and will be published by I.B. Tauris August 2017. 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 the teenage sexuality in the films of Larry Clark, intergenerational sex and incestuous relations in French cinema, sexual obsession in gay cinema, ‘everyday’ perversion in neoliberal culture, the straightness of necrophilia, imaging and re-imagining the Marquis de Sade from film to slash fiction and the performance and presentation of the paedophile.

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.

Contents:

Introduction: A Prelude to Perversion  – Darren Kerr and Donna Peberdy

Reviled Bodies: Fantasies, Realities and the Boundaries of the Explicit

1. ‘Straight’ Necrophilia as a ‘Queer’ Perversion in Lynne Stopkewich’s Kissed  – Lisa Downing

2. The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name: O Fantasma and Erotomania – John Mercer

3. 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 piombo – Xavier Mendik

Too Close for Comfort: Mainstream Perversion, Marginal Tastes

5. A Dangerous Method: Provocative Performances of Perversion  – Donna Peberdy

6. Normalising Masochism: Assimilating Sexual Perversion in Secretary – Caroline Walters

7. Smutty Swedes: Sex Films, Pornography and ‘Good Sex’ – Susanna Paasonen

8. ‘Does  this  look  sexual  to  you?’:  Neoliberal  Culture  and  Everyday  Perversion – Martin Fradley

Coming of Age: Generational Encounters and Dangerous Liaisons

9. 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 mère – Clarissa Smith

Sexual Infidelity: Adapting the Deviant, Reimagining the Perverse

12. Perverting the Marquis de Sade  – Sarah Harman

13. ‘Something sweet’: Little Children, the Sex Offender and Emma Bovary’s Eyes  – Guy Barefoot

14. Let the Right One In and the Wrong One Go: Paedophilia and Film Culture – Darren Kerr

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