Transgression in Anglo-American Cinema

Gender, Sex, and the Deviant Body

Edited by Joel Gwynne

Wallflower Press

Transgression in Anglo-American Cinema

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Transgression in Anglo-American Cinema

Gender, Sex, and the Deviant Body

Edited by Joel Gwynne

Wallflower Press

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.
Notes on Contributors
Introduction. Queering Heterosexuality in New Transgressive Cinema, by Joel Gwynne
Part I: Extreme Bodies, Extreme Desire
1. The New Anglo-American Cinema of Sexual Addiction, by Alistair Fox
2. Carnotopia: The Culture of Sadism in Nymphomaniac, Shame, and Thanatomorphose, by Mark Featherstone
3. Feed: A Representation of Feederism or Fatsploitation?, by Niall Richardson
4. Proving their 'Virility'? Steve McQueen's Hunger and Transgressive Masculinity, by Alison Garden
5. Male-Nutrition: Extreme Weight Loss, Socio-Cultural Transgression and the Male Body in Recent American Cinema, by Tom Steward
6. Surgery, Blood, and Patriarchal Sex: Excision and American Mary, by Alice Haylett Bryan
Part II: Adolescence, Ageing and Queer Agency
7. A Child is Being Raped! Homosexual Panic in Mystic River, by Vulcan Volkan Demirkan-Martin
8. Crash-and-Burn Girls and Culpable Parenthood: Negotiating Sexualisation Discourses in Independent Cinema, by Joel Gwynne
9. 'Please be a good boy': Challenging Perceptions of Paedophilia in Contemporary US Cinema, by Amy C. Chambers
10. Nowhere Teens: Following Gregg Araki's Queer Adolescents through the End of a Century, by Arnau Roig-Mora
11. Unsettling Heteronormativity: Abject Age and Transgressive Desire in Notes on a Scandal, by Eva Krainitzki
Index

About the Author

Joel Gwynne is associate professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His books include Erotic Memoirs and Postfeminism: The Politics of Pleasure; Postfeminism and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema; and Ageing, Popular Culture, and Contemporary Feminism.