Transgressive Bodies

Representations in Film and Popular Culture
Author: Niall Richardson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317007395
Category: Social Science
Page: 246
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In recent years the body has become one of the most popular areas of study in the arts, social sciences and humanities. Transgressive Bodies offers an examination of a variety of non-normative bodies and how they are represented in film, media and popular culture. Examining the non-normative body in a cultural studies context, this book reconsiders the concept of the transgressive body , establishing its status as a culturally mutable term, arguing that popular cultural representations create the transgressive or freak body and then proceed to either contain its threat or (s)exploit it. Through studies of extreme bodybuilding, obesity, disability and transsexed bodies, it examines the implications of such transgressive bodies for gender politics and sexuality. Transgressive Bodies engages with contemporary cultural debates, always relating these to concrete studies of media and cultural representations. This book will therefore appeal to scholars across a range of disciplines, including media and film studies, cultural studies, gender studies, sociology, sports studies and cultural theory.

Critical Readings in Bodybuilding

Author: Adam Locks,Niall Richardson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136675434
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 272
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In recent years the ‘body’ has become one of the most popular areas of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Bodybuilding, in particular, continues to be of interest to scholars of gender, media, film, cultural studies and sociology. However, there is surprisingly little scholarship available on contemporary bodybuilding. Critical Readings in Bodybuilding is the first collection to address the contemporary practice of bodybuilding, especially the way in which the activity has become increasingly more extreme and to consider much neglected debates of gender, eroticism, and sexuality related to the activity. Featuring the leading scholars of bodybuilding and the body as well as emerging voices, this volume will be a key addition to the fields of Sociology, Sport Studies, and Cultural Studies.

Body Studies: The Basics

Author: Niall Richardson,Adam Locks
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317692624
Category: Social Science
Page: 146
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Consideration of the body as a subject for study has increased in recent years with new technologies, forms of modification, debates about obesity and issues of age being brought into focus by the media. Drawing on contemporary culture, Body Studies: The Basics introduces readers to the key concerns and debates surrounding the study of the sociological body, cutting across disciplines to cover topics which include: Nature vs. Culture: how we ‘build’ and transform our bodies Conformity and resistance in bodily practice Issues of body image – beauty, diet, exercise and age Sporting bodies and the pursuit of ideals Enfreakment, disability and monstrosity Cyborgs and virtual online bodies With further reading signposted throughout, this accessible book is essential reading for anyone studying the body through the lens of sociology, cultural studies, sports studies, media studies and gender studies; and all those with an interest in how the physical body can be a social construct.

Transgression in Anglo-American Cinema

Gender, Sex, and the Deviant Body
Author: Joel Gwynne
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231850980
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 256
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Sexuality within mainstream Hollywood cinema features primarily in comedy or rom-com genres, where lightness of tone permits audience engagement with what would otherwise be difficult affective terrain. Focusing on marginal productions in Anglo-American contexts, this collection explores the gendered dynamics of sex and the body, particularly embodied deviations from normative cultural scripts. It explores transgressions acted through and written on the body, and the ways in which corporeality inscribes gender discourse and reflects cultural and institutional power. Films analyzed include Mysterious Skin (2004), Shame (2011), Nymphomaniac (2013), and Dallas Buyers Club (2013). Navigating queer politics, taboo fantasy, body modification, fetishism, sex addiction, and underage sex, essays problematize understandings of adult agency, childhood innocence, and healthy desire, locating sex and gender as sites of oppression, liberation, and resistance.

Angry White Men

Die USA und ihre zornigen Männer
Author: Michael Kimmel
Publisher: Orell Füssli Verlag
ISBN: 3280038987
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
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Die Supermacht USA befindet sich in einer tiefen Identitätskrise. Einst berühmt für ihre pragmatische Kompromissbereitschaft stehen sich Republikaner und Demokraten unversöhnlich gegenüber, gewinnen ehemals politische Randgruppen wie die Tea Party enormen politischen und gesellschaftlichen Einfluss. Das Land radikalisiert sich und die weiße männliche Bevölkerung spielt dabei eine entscheidende Rolle. Wer sind die zornigen weißen Amerikaner, die ihren "Way of Life" so gefährdet sehen, dass sie zum radikalen Widerstand gegen jeden bereit sind, der ihre Anschauungen nicht teilt? Woher rührt die Wut auf Frauenemanzipation und Immigranten, auf Farbige und Homosexuelle, auf die Gleichstellung der Geschlechter und generell auf "die im Weißen Haus"? Dieses Buch zeichnet das beklemmende Porträt einer vorrangig männlichen Bewegung, deren Angst vor dem eigenen Bedeutungsverlust, vor dem Verlust amerikanischer Männlichkeit und Dominanz nicht nur die kommenden Präsidentschaftswahlen bestimmen wird, sondern darüber hinaus auch die amerikanische Außenpolitik - also uns.

Mediatisierte Welten

Forschungsfelder und Beschreibungsansätze
Author: Friedrich Krotz,Andreas Hepp
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3531943324
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 270
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Controversial Images

Media Representations on the Edge
Author: Feona Attwood,Vincent Campbell,I.Q. Hunter,Sharon Lockyer
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137291990
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 292
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Offering a series of case studies of recent media controversies, this collection draws on new perspectives in cultural studies to consider a wide variety of images. The book suggest how we might achieve a more subtle understanding of controversial images and negotiate the difficult terrain of the new media landscape.


Cultural Exchange on 42nd Street, and Beyond
Author: Austin Fisher,Johnny Walker
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1628927461
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 280
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The pervasive image of New York's 42nd Street as a hub of sensational thrills, vice and excess, is from where "grindhouse cinema,Â?? the focus of this volume, stemmed. It is, arguably, an image that has remained unchanged in the mind's eye of many exploitation film fans and academics alike. Whether in the pages of fanzines or scholarly works, it is often recounted how, should one have walked down this street between the 1960s and the 1980s, one would have undergone a kaleidoscopic encounter with an array of disparate "exploitationÂ?? films from all over the world that were being offered cheaply to urbanites by a swathe of vibrant movie theatres. The contributors to Grindhouse: Cultural Exchange on 42nd Street, and Beyond consider "grindhouse cinemaÂ?? from a variety of cultural and methodological positions. Some seek to deconstruct the etymology of "grindhouseÂ?? itself, add flesh to the bones of its cadaverous history, or examine the term's contemporary relevance in the context of both media production and consumerism. Others offer new inroads into hitherto unexamined examples of exploitation film history, presenting snapshots of cultural moments that many of us thought we already knew.

The Cinema of James Cameron

Bodies in Heroic Motion
Author: James Clarke
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 023185062X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 224
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This timely volume explores the massively popular cinema of writer-director James Cameron. It couches Cameron's films within the evolving generic traditions of science fiction, melodrama, and the cinema of spectacle. The book also considers Cameron's engagement with the aesthetic of visual effects and the 'now' technology of performance-capture which is arguably moving a certain kind of event-movie cinema from photography to something more akin to painting. This book is explicit in presenting Cameron as an authentic auteur, and each chapter is dedicated to a single film in his body of work, from The Terminator to Avatar. Space is also given to discussion of Strange Days as well as his short films and documentary works.

Black looks

Popkultur - Medien - Rassismus
Author: Bell Hooks
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783929823141
Page: 253
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Film and Gender

Author: Sue Thornham,Niall Richardson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780415672931
Page: 1688
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Since at least the early 1970s, when Claire Johnston observed that despite e~the enormous emphasis placed on woman as spectacle in the cinema e woman as woman is largely absente(tm), the relationship of cinema to the construction of gender identities and gendered pleasures has been a central concern within Film Studies. Bringing together the political concerns of second-wave feminism and the dizzying developments in theorizing about representation, culture, and society, early worke"as exemplified by Johnstone(tm)s writinge"changed radically the nature of Film Studies and the issues which it would address. Later scholars attended to concerns about sexuality, drawing on queer theory; and race and ethnicity, often influenced by postcolonialism. Most recently, Global Cinema Studies has sought to refocus these concerns yet again, whilst e~postfeminisme(tm) has questioned many of the assumptions on which Film Studies work on gender has rested. Film and Gender is a new title in Routledgee(tm)s Major Works series, Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies. It meets the need for an authoritative reference work to enable users to navigate and make sense of the subjecte(tm)s large literature, its history, and its continuing centrality within Film Studies. Compiled by Sue Thornham, whose work includes Passionate Detachments: An Introduction to Feminist Film Theory (1997) and Feminist Film Theory: A Reader (1999), and Niall Richardson, author of The Queer Cinema of Derek Jarman (2009) and Transgressive Bodies: Representations in Film and Popular Culture (2010), this eagerly awaited collection brings together in four volumes the foundational and the very best and most provocative scholarship on film and gender. Film and Gender includes a full index and comprehensive introductions, newly written by the editors, which place the collected material in its historical and intellectual context. It is an essential work of reference and is destined to be valued by scholars and advanced students as a vital research tool.

Politische und ökonomische Essays

Author: David Hume
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 3787326278
Category: Philosophy
Page: 173
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Diese Essays können als literarische Neu- und Umformulierung der philosophischen Absichten des Traktats gelten und lassen sich auch als Reaktionen Humes auf aktuelle Probleme lesen. In ihnen dokumentiert sich ein Politikverständnis, das aus der Tradition einer umfassenden philosophia practica lebt und eingebettet ist in eine weite, gesellschaftstheoretische Perspektive. Die Ausgabe bietet die erste umfassende Neuausgabe der Essays in deutscher Sprache seit 1800.

Suzie Wong

Author: Richard Mason
Publisher: Unionsverlag
ISBN: 3293306608
Category: Fiction
Page: 448
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Gelangweilt vom Dünkel seiner englischen Landsleute, bezieht der Maler Robert Lomax ein Zimmer in einem chinesischen Hotel direkt am Hafenkai Hongkongs. Ganz nah am Puls dieser exotischen Metropole will er sein. Hier ist er der Einzige, der für sein Zimmer eine Monatsmiete statt einen Stundentarif bezahlt. Den Barmädchen ist er kein Kunde, sondern schon bald ein Freund und Vertrauter. Für die temperamentvolle Suzie Wong empfindet Robert mehr. Doch es sind nicht nur gesellschaftliche Hürden, die er überwinden muss, bis er das Herz eines Mädchens erobern kann, das sich mit käuflicher Liebe seinen Lebensunterhalt verdient.

Bad Girls

Cultural Politics and Media Representations of Transgressive Women
Author: A. Susan Owen,Leah R. Vande Berg,Sarah R. Stein
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9780820461502
Category: Social Science
Page: 261
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Bad Girls examines representational practices of film and television stories beginning with post-Vietnam cinema and ending with postfeminisms and contemporary public disputes over women in the military. The book explores a diverse range of popular media texts, from the Alien saga to Ally McBeal and Sex and the City, from The Net and VR5 to Sportsnight and G.I. Jane. The research is framed as a study of intergenerational tensions in portrayals of women and public institutions – in careers, governmental service, and interactions with technology. Using iconic texts and their contexts as a primary focus, this book offers a rhetorical and cultural history of the tensions between remembering and forgetting in representations of the American feminist movement between 1979 and 2005. Looking forward, the book sets an agenda for discussion of gender issues over the next twenty-five years and articulates with authority the manner in which «transgression» itself has become a site of struggle.

Geheimnis der Liebe

Author: Teresa Medeiros
Publisher: Amber House Books
ISBN: 193954159X
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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Gabriel Fairchilds Tapferkeit in der Schlacht von Trafalgar trägt ihm den Ruf eines Kriegshelden ein, doch sie kostet ihn zugleich die Zukunft, von der er geträumt hat. Von seiner Verlobten verlassen, vergräbt sich der erblindete Earl, der einmal strahlender Liebling der Londoner Gesellschaft war, verbittert auf dem Landsitz seiner Familie. Bis dort die unerschrockene Pflegerin Samantha Wickersham eintrifft. Die praktisch veranlagte junge Frau ist nicht bereit, sich von den Launen des störrischen Invaliden in die Flucht schlagen zu lassen, und begegnet dem Earl mit Witz, Wut und spitzer Zunge. Dann aber erwachen ganz andere Gefühle zwischen den beiden, doch Samantha hütet ein bitteres Geheimnis … „Deutsche Übersetzung“ Aus dem Amerikanischen übersetzt von Ute-Christine Geiler „Eine spritzige Erzählung – gewohnt meisterlich wie Medeiros‘ beste Romane.“ – Publisher’s Weekly „Absolut wunderbar! Medeiros schreibt so herrlich fesselnd, dass man bis in die frühen Morgenstunden liest.“ – Historical Romance Club „Mrs Medeiros übertrifft sich selbst mit diesem großartigen Liebesroman. Ein herrliches Leseerlebnis.“ – The Best Reviews „Fünf Herzen – ein Buch, das man nicht aus der Hand gibt. Medeiros macht in ‚Geheimnis der Liebe‘ alles richtig. – The Oakland Daily Press „Eine meisterhaft geschriebene Liebesgeschichte – eine dieser Geschichten, von denen man sich wünscht, dass sie nie aufhören.“ – America Online Romance Fiction Forum