From Weimar-era street films to zombie porn, this fascinating, provocative, and highly readable volume tracks a neglected figure in film and TV studies: the "marked" woman. Surveying streetwalkers, saloon girls, sex addicts, and strippers, the essays collected by Ritzenhoff and McAvoy chart with nuance and precision the shifting intersections between sex, money, gender, and power on screen in a variety of cultural contexts. Selling Sex on Screen is guaranteed to get readers thinking about the "world's oldest profession" in new ways, and to put familiar movies and television programs in a fresh and surprising light. -- Ian Olney, author of Euro Horror: Classic European Horror Cinema in Contemporary American Culture, York College Selling Sex on Screen: From Weimar Cinema to Zombie Porn gathers together a range of fascinating essays that deal in various ways with the buying and selling of sex on screen. Contributors to this highly engaging collection give us fresh and timely insights about the representation of sex and sexuality, making crucial connections between these screen representations and wider historical, social and political issues and debates about power, gender, consumerism and status, making this a must read for anyone interested in the politics of the media. -- Dr. Claire Hines, Senior Lecturer, Southampton Solent UniversityVom Verlag:
Whether in mainstream or independent films, depictions of female prostitution and promiscuity are complicated by their intersection with male fantasies. In such films, issues of exploitation, fidelity, and profitability are often introduced into the narrative, where sex and power become commodities traded between men and women. In Selling Sex on Screen: From Weimar Cinema to Zombie Porn Karen A. Ritzenhoff and Catriona McAvoy have assembled essays that explore the representation of women and sexual transactions in film and television. Contributors to this volume examine the historical portrayals of American gold diggers, saloon girls, and prostitutes in war zones, among other depictions. Included in these discussions are the films Breakfast at Tiffany's, Eyes Wide Shut, L.A. Confidential, Pandora's Box, and Shame as well as such programs as Buffy the Vampire Slayer Gigolos, along with television westerns. By exploring the themes of class differences and female economic independence, the essays go beyond textual analysis and consider politics, censorship, social trends, laws, race, and technology, as well as sexual and gender stereotypes. By exploring this complex subject, this volume offers a spectrum of representations of desire and sexuality through the moving image. Selling Sex on Screen will be of interest to students and scholars of film, but also to researchers in gender studies, women's studies, criminology, sociology, film studies, adaptation studies, and popular culture.
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