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Prostitution and Sex Work in Global Cinema


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1. Danielle Hipkins and Kate Taylor-Jones, Introduction

I. Re-viewing the politics of poverty and pity

2. Jane Arthurs, Distant Suffering, Proper Distance: Cosmopolitan ethics in the film portrayal of trafficked women

3. Alice Bardan, "Through Hardships To the Stars": The Moldovan prostitute in Nicolae Margineanu's Schimb Valutar

II. Coming to the cinematic city in global modernity

4. Adam Bingham, Duality and Ambiguity: Prostitution, performance and the vagaries of modernity in Japanese cinema

5. Molly Hyo Kim, The Idealization of Prostitutes: Aesthetics and discourse of South Korean hostess films (1974-1982)

6. Saheed Aderinto, Inside the "House of Ill Fame": Brothel prostitution, feminization of poverty, and Lagos life in Nollywood's The Prostitute

III. Transgressive Women?

7. Niamh Thornton, Where Cabaret Meets Revolution: The prostitute at war in Mexican film

8. Teresa Ludden, Distorted Antigones: Dialectics and prostitution in Lola and Shirins Hochzeit

IV. Suffering heroines revisited

9. Aparna Sharma, Becoming and Contradiction in the Muslim Courtesan - The case of Pakeezah

10. Danielle Hipkins and Katharine Mitchell, Le traviate: Suffering heroines and the Italian state between the 19th and 21st centuries

11. Katie N. Johnson, Consumptive Chic: The postfeminist recycling of Camille in Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge!

V. Re-viewing women in the postmodern city

12. Fiona Handyside, Postcards and/of Prostitutes: Circulating the city in Atom Egoyan's Chloe

13. Kate Taylor-Jones, Handbags, Sex and Death: Prostitution in contemporary East Asian cinematic urban space

Concluding Commentary

About the Author

Danielle Hipkins is Associate Professor of Italian Studies and Film at the University of Exeter, UK. She has written on gender representation in post-war Italian cinema, and has recently published Italy's Other Women: Gender and Prostitution in Italian Cinema, 1940-1965 (2016). She is currently working on girlhood and contemporary European cinema, and was a Co-investigator on the AHRC-funded `Italian Cinema Audiences' project, a study of memories of cinema-going in Italy of the 1950s with the Universities of Bristol and Oxford Brookes (2013-2016).

Kate Taylor-Jones is Senior Lecturer in East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield, UK. She is co-editor of International Cinema and the Girl (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and has published widely in a variety of fields. Her latest monograph study is Divine Work, Japanese Colonial Cinema and its Legacy, published in 2017. Kate is editor-in-chief of the East Asian Journal of Popular Culture.

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