The Body's Perilous Pleasures

The Body's Perilous Pleasures : Dangerous Desires and Contemporary Culture

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Focusing on contemporary film and fiction, this book examines the construction of the body, both within cultural production and as a cultural product itself, and provides a provocative engagement with the cultural representation of the body and its 'dangerous desires'. Transgressive interpretations of conventional imagery merge with critical considerations of subcultural forms. The topics discussed include male erotic objectification; narcissistic masculinity; male to female transvestism; cyborgs and female desire; body piercing; 'demonic' children in film; queer cinema; vampires in women's fiction; the cannibal film; cyborgs and necrophiliac desire; AIDS and reincarnation films. The films discussed include Videodrome, Dead Ringers, M. Butterfly, The Crying Game, Romeo is Bleeding, The Omen, Heavenly Creatures, Sister My Sister, Silenceof the Lambs and Delicatessen.show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 074860961X
  • 9780748609611
  • 2,190,417

About Michele Aaron

Michele Aaron lectures on film studies at the University of Birmingham.show more

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Engages in a lively way with relevant and important theoretical questions and adds an ultra-modern perspective to existing debate. Scholars working across multiple disciplines will surely find this text rewarding ... few who take the time to peruse this impressive anthology will come away unsatisfied or, at least, unprovoked. Engages in a lively way with relevant and important theoretical questions and adds an ultra-modern perspective to existing debate. Scholars working across multiple disciplines will surely find this text rewarding ... few who take the time to peruse this impressive anthology will come away unsatisfied or, at least, unprovoked.show more

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