Drawing the Line : Generic Boundaries of the Pornographic Film in Early 1970s Sweden

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Drawing the Line : Generic Boundaries of the Pornographic Film in Early 1970s Sweden

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dc.contributor.author Larsson, Mariah en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-05T09:39:08Z
dc.date.available 2010-10-05T09:39:08Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.issn 1650-3686
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/10713
dc.description.abstract The article focuses on the advertising for, and reception of, sexually explicit films following the removal of the obscenity clause in the Swedish penal code in 1971. Many films released at this time have gone down in Swedish film history as “more or less” pornographic, although from a present-day perspective they would most probably not be described that way. While pornographic films – so called “stag films” – had been produced since the early twentieth century, it was nevertheless not until the 1960s that sexually explicit material could be shown publicly and not until the 1970s that pornographic films became available to a wider audience. As a film genre then, pornography underwent an important transformation at this point in time. If, prior to this point, it had been clearly defined by its forbidden and clandestine circulation, and more or less exclusively directed towards a male audience, in the early 1970s, those clearly defined boundaries dissolved under a more relaxed attitude from authorities. This led to a re-negotiation of the genre, which is discussed in the article with the aid of film scholar Rick Altman’s theory of how genres are shaped and how they develop, through mutual and complex processes in which producers, audiences, and critics are involved. Mapping the use of generic labels in advertisements, articles and reviews, and censorship records for a few case studies such as for instance More From the Language of Love, Anita – Swedish Nymphet (Anita – ur en tonårsflickas dagbok, 1973), and Flossie (1974), as well as exhibition practices, the article traces the development of the pornographic film as a genre during the first half of the 1970s. en
dc.format.extent 12
dc.language.iso eng se
dc.publisher Linköping Electronic University Press en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings;42 en
dc.subject Pornography en
dc.subject 1970s en
dc.subject Film genre en
dc.subject Film history en
dc.subject Reception en
dc.subject Obscenity en
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en
dc.title Drawing the Line : Generic Boundaries of the Pornographic Film in Early 1970s Sweden en_US
dc.type Conference Paper, peer reviewed en
dc.relation.url http://www.norlit.org/ en
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Health and Society en
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::Aesthetic subjects::Film en
dc.identifier.url http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/042/031/index.html
dc.relation.ispartofpublication Codex and code : aesthetics, language and politics in an age of digital media: (Norlit 2009) Stockholm, August 6-9, 2009 en_US
dcterms.description.conferenceName ORLIT
dcterms.description.conferencePlace Stockholm, Sweden
dcterms.description.conferenceYear 2009
dc.format.ePage 398
dc.format.sPage 387
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