Screening the Dark Side of Love: From Euro-Horror to American Cinema

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This edited collection unpicks the ways in which love can be understood globally as a problematic and often violent transgression rather than the narrative of 'happy endings' that Classical Hollywood has offered. The contributors utilize varying methodologies of history, textual analysis, psychoanalytic models, and cultural critique and engage with films that have been made from the margins to the mainstream of cinema to explore issues surrounding gender identity and ...

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Overview

This edited collection unpicks the ways in which love can be understood globally as a problematic and often violent transgression rather than the narrative of 'happy endings' that Classical Hollywood has offered. The contributors utilize varying methodologies of history, textual analysis, psychoanalytic models, and cultural critique and engage with films that have been made from the margins to the mainstream of cinema to explore issues surrounding gender identity and spectatorship.

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"This collection explores the complex relationship between love and sex . . . The essays fully engage the subject, examining films in relationship to violence, performative spectatorship, censorship, race, physical disability, and domestic violence . . . [They] problematize notions of sexuality and ask provocative questions. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty." - CHOICE
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  • ISBN-13: 9780230341548
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Re-Imagining Censorship as "Reel" Mutilation: Why not a G-rated version of David Cronenberg's Crash - Janet Schwartzberg Robinson *The Whip and the Body: Sex, Violence, and Performative Spectatorship in Euro-Horror S&M Cinema - Alexander Ian Olney *Lars von Trier's Anti Christ and the Australian 'lost child' complex: Love, Loss and emotional indulgence - Terrie Waddell *Black Bucks and Don Juans: Violent Romances of Race and Sex in Jane Campion's In the Cut - Tiel Lundy *Mad Love: The anxiety of difference in the films of Lon Chaney Snr. - Karen Randell *Love and Crime in Agatha Christie Films - Mark Aldridge *Monstrous Love: Oppression, Intimacy, and Transformation in Mary Reilly (1996) - Cynthia Miller *Self-mutilation and Dark Love in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan (2010)and Michael Haneke's The Piano Teacher (2000) - Karen A. Ritzenhoff *Female Pleasure and Performance: Masochism in Belle de Jour and Story of O - Samm Deighan *What's In the Basket?: Sexualized and Sexualizing Violence in Frank Henenlotter's Basket Case - Lisa Cunningham *Blood and Bravado: Violence, Eroticism, and Spain in Pedro Almodovar's Matador - Meggie Morris *The Comedic Punch Line: Unpacking scenes of domestic violence-as-humor in Tyler Perry films - Jenise Hudson *Obsessed and Fatally Attracted: The Gender and Racial Politics of Obsessed - Suzanne Leonard *High-Tech Pleasure: Seriality and Pornographic Body - Sarah Schaschek

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