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Real Sex FilmsThe New Intimacy and Risk in Cinema$
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John Tulloch and Belinda Middleweek

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190244606

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190244606.001.0001

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Intimate Pleasures and the Madness of Love

Intimate Pleasures and the Madness of Love

Narrative in Ken Park and Irréversible

(p.175) 7 Intimate Pleasures and the Madness of Love
Real Sex Films

John Tulloch

Belinda Middleweek

Oxford University Press

Chapter 7 analyzes the real sex films Ken Park and Irréversible in the context of different sexual/social aesthetics in sexually explicit films by drawing on “old” and “new” forms of narrative theory as a “bridging synthesis” of disciplinary approaches. The different generations of narrative theory alluded to in this chapter concern Will Wright’s old critical realist analysis of the Western genre and Tanya Krzywinska’s new, postmodernist “narrative formula” approach. This chapter opens with narrative comparison of one European and one US real sex film to point to their similar narrative reversals and contradictions in the context of the “normal chaos of love,” with a major focus on Ken Park’s narrative. Wright’s and Krzywinska’s theoretically and generationally different versions of narrative theory are thus drawn together in terms of current risk sociological history and distinguished from each other epistemologically for further consideration in later chapters.

Keywords:   Ken Park, Irréversible, narrative theory, Will Wright, normal chaos of love, Ulrich Beck, Raymond Williams, structures of feeling, Tanya Krzywinska, risk sociology

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