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British Low Culture : From Safari Suits to Sexploitation - Leon Hunt

British Low Culture

From Safari Suits to Sexploitation

By: Leon Hunt

Paperback Published: 5th March 1998
ISBN: 9780415151832
Number Of Pages: 204

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Flares, lava lamps, safari suits and a national cinema dominated by smutty comedy and cheap softcore have all made 1970s British popular culture appear too gruesome to recycle as nostalgia and too offensive for academic study. But the generic artifacts of the 1970s have become important reference points in contemporary popular culture.
"British Low Culture" revisits the 1970s through some of its least respectable films and television programs, from Benny Hill to "Confessions of a Windowcleaner." Identifying the trickle down of permissiveness into mass consumption as a key feature of the 1970s, Leon Hunt considers the values of an ostensibly "bad" decade and analyzes its implications for issues of taste and cultural capital. Offering insights into the complexities of popular culture and popular memory, "British Low Culture" fills an important gap in the study of British cultural history.

List of illustrations
'The decade that taste forgot'?: Revisiting the 1970sp. 1
Permissive populism: Low cultural production in the 1970sp. 16
From carnival to crumpet: Low comedy in the 1970sp. 34
Lads and loungers: Some 1970s masculinitiesp. 56
'Knuckle crazy': 'Youthsploitation' fictionp. 74
Can you keep it up for a decade?: British sexploitationp. 91
Coming clean ... From Robin Askwith to Mary Millingtonp. 114
Grim flarey tales: British horror in the 1970sp. 142
Postscript: Academics behaving badly?p. 160
Notesp. 162
Select filmographyp. 170
Bibliographyp. 176
Indexp. 185
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415151832
ISBN-10: 041515183X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 5th March 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 16.05  x 1.35
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1