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Madcaps, screwballs, and con women : the female trickster in American culture

Author: Lori Landay
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1998.
Series: Feminist cultural studies, the media, and political culture.
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Madcaps, Screwballs, and Con Women is the first study to explore the cultural work performed by female tricksters in the "new country" of American mass consumer culture. Beginning with nineteenth-century novels such as The Hidden Hand, or Capitola the Madcap and moving through twentieth-century fiction, film, radio, and television, Lori Landay looks at how popular heroines use craft and deceit to circumvent the

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Genre/Form: Comics (Graphic works)
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Landay, Lori.
Madcaps, screwballs, and con women.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1998
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lori Landay
ISBN: 0812234359 9780812234350 0812216512 9780812216516
OCLC Number: 37987032
Description: xi, 258 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Preface: "Whenever I Take a Notion" --
1. Running Mad, Taking Cover: Female Tricksters in Nineteenth-Century Fiction by American Women --
2. Economics and Erotics: The Female Trickster in the Jazz Age --
3. Out of the Garden and into the War: Female Tricksters in the Depression and War Years --
4. Liminal Lucy: Covert Power, Television, and Postwar Domestic Ideology --
5. You Can't Go Home Again: Feminism and the Female Trickster in Contemporary American Culture.
Series Title: Feminist cultural studies, the media, and political culture.
Responsibility: Lori Landay.
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"Lori Landay tells a powerful story about woman's place and women's power during the sexual desegregation of American society."-ScreenSite  Read more...


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"An important addition to the study of women in the 'liminal' spaces of American culture in the twentieth century."-Journal of American History "Beginning with nineteenth-century novels . . . and Read more...

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