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|Genre/Form:||Criticism, interpretation, etc|
|Named Person:||Mae West; Mae West; Mae West; Mae West|
|Material Type:||Government publication, State or province government publication|
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|ISBN:||0816627908 9780816627905 0816627916 9780816627912|
|Description:||xxii, 217 pages,  pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||Introduction: Posthumous Citings from Pistol to Puddle --
1. The Sex "Queen" --
2. The Prostitute, the Production Code, and the Depression --
3. The Star Commodity from Asset to Liability --
4. Comedic Performance from Social Satire to Self-Parody --
5. The Female Impersonator in Gender Politics --
6. Merging Interests.
Although West has remained an important figure, her image has fulfilled varied cultural functions. In the thirties, she was a lightning rod for debates over morality and censorship. In the seventies, the complexity of her portrayal of gender made her a controversial figure for both the gay rights and feminist movements. Curry not only analyzes the symbolic roles West has occupied, arguing that the entertainer represents a carefully orchestrated transgression of race, class, and gender expectations, she also illustrates how icons of pop culture often distill contested social issues, serving diverse and even contradictory political functions. A pithy and innovative look at what Mae West means, Too Much of a Good Thing is must reading for fans, film buffs, and anyone interested in how popular culture evolves and circulates in the United States.