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Hotbeds of Licentiousness
The British Glamour Film and the Permissive Society
362 pages, 26 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80073-486-9 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (May 2022)
eISBN 978-1-80073-487-6 eBook Not Yet Published
Hotbeds of Licentiousness is the first substantial critical engagement with British pornography on film across the 1970s, including the “Summer of Love,” the rise and fall of the Permissive Society, the arrival of Margaret Thatcher, and beyond. By focusing on a series of colorful filmmakers whose work, while omnipresent during the 1970s, now remains critically ignored, author Benjamin Halligan discusses pornography in terms of lifestyle aspirations and opportunities which point to radical changes in British society. In this way, pornography is approached as a crucial optic with which to consider recent cultural and social history.
Benjamin Halligan is the Director of the Doctoral College of the University of Wolverhampton. He is the author of Desires for Reality: Radicalism and Revolution in Western European Film (Berghahn Books, 2016), and Michael Reeves (Manchester University Press, 2003), and his co-edited collections include Politics of the Many: Contemporary Radical Thought and the Crisis of Agency (Bloomsbury, 2021), and Stories We Could Tell: Putting Words to American Popular Music, by David Sanjek (Routledge, 2018), among others.
Subject: Film and Television Studies History: 20th Century to Present Cultural Studies (General)
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