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Cold war femme : lesbianism, national identity, and Hollywood cinema

Author: Robert J Corber
Publisher: Durham, NC : Duke University Press, 2011.
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In his bestselling book The Grapevine: A Report on the Secret World of the Lesbian (1965), Jess Stearn announced that, contrary to the assumptions of many Americans, most lesbians appeared indistinguishable from other women. They could mingle "congenially in conventional society." Some were popular sex symbols; some were married to unsuspecting husbands. Robert J. Corber contends that The Grapevine exemplified a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert J Corber
ISBN: 9780822349280 0822349280 9780822349471 0822349477
OCLC Number: 646716333
Description: x, 225 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : Reclaiming the "lost sex" --
The lesbian in cold war culture --
Part I. Screening the femme : Representing the femme: All about Eve --
Lesbian unintelligibility: The children's hour --
Recuperating femme femininity: Marnie --
Part II. Female stardom and cold war culture : Joan Crawford's padded shoulders --
Remaking Bette Davis --
Doris Day's queer normativity --
Conclusion : KIlling off the femme: The haunting.
Responsibility: Robert J. Corber.

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Interpretations of Hollywood films of the 1950s and 1960s demonstrate how Cold War homophobia focused on the femme as the lesbian who posed the greatest threat to the nation.  Read more...

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"The Alfred Kinsey of film studies, Robert J. Corber has followed up his authoritative work on Cold War representations of male homosexuality with a companion volume on constructions of lesbianism in Read more...

 
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