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Book Review: Transgressive bodies: Representations in film and popular culture, edited by Niall Richardson, Surrey and Burlington, Ashgate, 2010, 237 pp., ISBN 9780754676225 (hbk)

Ellis, K. (2013) Book Review: Transgressive bodies: Representations in film and popular culture, edited by Niall Richardson, Surrey and Burlington, Ashgate, 2010, 237 pp., ISBN 9780754676225 (hbk). Continuum: The Australian Journal of Media and Culture, 27 (2). pp. 323-325.

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Abstract

Transgressive Bodies is premised on two key points. First, that film, television and the Internet are a modern manifestation of the freak show stage. Performing on the stage of this freak show are transgressive bodies: hyper-muscular, fat, transsexed and disabled. The central thesis of the book and the second part of Richardson's premise are that these bodies are represented in popular media in two ways – first, they are contained or made more socially acceptable. Second, this threat may instead be subject to an eroticization, or (s)exploitation...

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright: © 2013 Katie Ellis
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/14847
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