Let’s have redemption! Women, religion and sexploitation on screen

Harmes, Marcus ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5104-1967 and Harmes, Barbara ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5599-4204 and Harmes, Meredith (2020) Let’s have redemption! Women, religion and sexploitation on screen. In: The Palgrave handbook of incarceration in popular culture. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Cham, Switzerland, pp. 699-713. ISBN 978-3-030-36058-0


Many women in prison films are subsets of the sexploitation cycles. Both British and Hollywood cinema contributed examples, and in 1974, The House of Whipcord and Caged Heat appeared. When put side by side, there is a complex interplay between aspects of imprisonment. This includes the licit or illicit nature of punishment (one is set in an official prison, and the other is an illegal private prison) and the return to old-fashioned methods in one and the use of advanced science in another, as well as the contrasting British and American approaches to sexploitation. While the films’ makers exploit sexuality, the characters within them attempt moral reform. They also portray a charged relationship between the redemptive and exploitative, the ecclesiastical and the sexual. Both the Marquis de Sade and Foucault had found the exploitative potential in the monastery and convent as well as the prison. In 1970s exploitation films, the ecclesiastical and the sexual reappear together in sexploitation films showing prison authorities seeking the redemption struggling with the meaning, impact and outcomes of their imprisonment of unruly women.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Open Access College (1 Jul 2013 - 7 Jun 2020)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Open Access College (1 Jul 2013 - 7 Jun 2020)
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2020 01:18
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 01:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: sexploitation cinema; horror films; women in prison films
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190204 Film and Television
16 Studies in Human Society > 1602 Criminology > 160204 Criminological Theories
Fields of Research (2020): 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3605 Screen and digital media > 360505 Screen media
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4402 Criminology > 440205 Criminological theories
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-36059-7_43
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/38458

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