Prostitution and Sex Work in Global Cinema

New Takes on Fallen Women

  • Danielle Hipkins
  • Kate Taylor-Jones

Part of the Global Cinema book series (GLOBALCINE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Danielle Hipkins, Kate Taylor-Jones
    Pages 1-15
  3. Re-Viewing The Politics Of Poverty And Pity

  4. Coming To The Cinematic City In Global Modernity

  5. Transgressive Women?

  6. Suffering Heroines Revisited

  7. Re-Viewing Women In The Postmodern City

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 287-295

About this book


This volume brings together international scholars to engage in the question of how film has represented a figure that for many is simply labelled ‘prostitute’. The prostitute is one of the most enduring female figures. She has global historical resonance and stories, images and narratives surrounding her, and her experiences, circulate transnationally. As this book will explore, the broad term prostitute can cover a variety of experiences and representations that are both repressive and also have the potential to empower women and disrupt cultural expectations. The contributors aim to consider how frequently 19th-century narratives of female prostitution—hence the label ‘fallen women’—are still recycled in contemporary visual contexts, and to understand how widespread, and in what contexts, the destigmatization of female sex work is underway on screen.


Global Cinema Gender Politics Prostitution Sex Work Global Inequality

Editors and affiliations

  • Danielle Hipkins
    • 1
  • Kate Taylor-Jones
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Modern LanguagesUniversity of ExeterExeterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of East Asian StudiesUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUnited Kingdom

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