Provocauteurs and Provocations: Screening Sex in 21st Century Media (Paperback)

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Twenty-first century media has increasingly turned to provocative sexual content to generate buzz and stand out within a glut of programming. New distribution technologies enable and amplify these provocations, and encourage the branding of media creators as provocauteurs known for challenging sexual conventions and representational norms.

While such strategies may at times be no more than a profitable lure, the most probing and powerful instances of sexual provocation serve to illuminate, question, and transform our understanding of sex and sexuality. In Provocauteurs and Provocations, award-winning author Maria San Filippo looks at the provocative in films, television series, web series and videos, entertainment industry publicity materials, and social media discourses and explores its potential to create alternative, even radical ways of screening sex.

Throughout this edgy volume, San Filippo reassesses troubling texts and divisive figures, examining controversial strategies--from real sex scenes to scandalous marketing campaigns to full-frontal nudity--to reveal the critical role that sexual provocation plays as an authorial signature and promotional strategy within the contemporary media landscape.

About the Author

Maria San Filippo is Associate Professor in the Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College, and editor of New Review of Film and Television Studies. She is author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning book The B Word: Bisexuality in Contemporary Film and Television, and editor of the forthcoming collection After 'Happily Ever After': Romantic Comedy in the Post-Romantic Age.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780253052124
ISBN-10: 0253052122
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2021
Pages: 442
Language: English