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LEWD LOOKS event at Boswell Book Company with Elena Gorfinkel

When Dec 19, 2017
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Boswell Book Company, 2559 N Downer Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53211
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Gorfinkel_Lewd coverElena Gorfinkel will be at Boswell Book Company on Tuesday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m. for a talk and signing of her new book, Lewd Looks: American Sexploitation Cinema in the 1960s


Elena Gorfinkel examines the social and legal developments that made sexploitation films possible: their aesthetics, their regulation, and their audiences. Recovering a lost chapter in the history of independent cinema and American culture, she explores the ways sexploitation films changed how spectators encountered and made sense of the sexualized body and set the stage for the adult film industry of today. 

 

"Sex sells, but it also speaks, and few have listened more attentively than Elena Gorfinkel. In Lewd Looks, she untangles the dense, complicated looking relations of the sexploitation film cycle that most have brushed off as a speed bump on the race to hardcore, revealing it instead as a staging of the fundamental American ambivalence and anxiety regarding sex." —Whitney Strub, author of Perversion for Profit: The Politics of Pornography and the Rise of the New Right

 

"Groundbreaking and exquisitely presented. With a fearless dedication to archival research, Elena Gorfinkel forges an original research trajectory that can be productively extended to other under-researched media forms as well as mainstream media." —Constance Penley, University of California, Santa Barbara

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