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The Resource The sex goddess in American film, 1930-1965 : Jean Harlow, Mae West, Lana Turner, and Jayne Mansfield, Jessica Hope Jordan, (electronic resource)

The sex goddess in American film, 1930-1965 : Jean Harlow, Mae West, Lana Turner, and Jayne Mansfield, Jessica Hope Jordan, (electronic resource)

Label
The sex goddess in American film, 1930-1965 : Jean Harlow, Mae West, Lana Turner, and Jayne Mansfield
Title
The sex goddess in American film, 1930-1965
Title remainder
Jean Harlow, Mae West, Lana Turner, and Jayne Mansfield
Statement of responsibility
Jessica Hope Jordan
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In the first critical study of the sex goddess in film, Jessica Hope Jordan illustrates how Jean Harlow uses her sexualized body to "affect" and seduce viewers away from any primary identification with those characters and their plotlines that are supposed to lead the film, to identifying instead with the kind of sexual empowerment and self-possession her characters consistently display. Linking the idea of sexual empowerment to the filmic and public celebration of hyper-feminine sexuality, the book additionally covers previous feminist discussions of Mae West's performances as "feminist camp" to argue that West sought to both celebrate and embody for women viewers what she viewed as cultural ideals of femininity and women's sexuality. With Lana Turner and the "cinematic code," the book considers the many problems inherent in both the filmic and public celebration of hyper-feminine sexuality in relation to censorship and considers the effects of the Hays Code on hyper-feminine sexuality as depicted in film noir." "The book also importantly presents the first critical discussion of the actress Jayne Mansfield, suggesting that her 1950s open acceptance, celebration, and public promotion of her feminine sexuality, both onscreen and off, makes her not only a precursor of the more sexually liberated 60s, but also, like the other actresses discussed here, a kind of prescient performance artist, even theorist, of feminine sexuality in particular, and cultural ideas about sexuality more generally. Beyond recouping her image as feminist, the book demonstrates how the kind of desire aroused by the sex goddess, a desire which remains endlessly suspended, works as a supreme example of the aesthetic apparatus of cinema itself."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jordan, Jessica Hope
Dewey number
791.43/6522
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1995.9.F44
LC item number
J67 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • filmographies
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Femmes fatales in motion pictures
  • Sex in motion pictures
  • Motion picture actors and actresses
  • Motion pictures
Label
The sex goddess in American film, 1930-1965 : Jean Harlow, Mae West, Lana Turner, and Jayne Mansfield, Jessica Hope Jordan, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Sex as cinematic capital : Jean Harlow and the economy of the gold digger -- Sex as a cinematic "queening" : Mae West decamps -- Sex as cinematic code : Lana Turner's star text and the duplicity of the femme fatale -- Sex as cinematic eroticism : Jayne Mansfield's breasts
Control code
CMB0000373
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 258 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781613366813
Other physical details
ill.
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
Label
The sex goddess in American film, 1930-1965 : Jean Harlow, Mae West, Lana Turner, and Jayne Mansfield, Jessica Hope Jordan, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Sex as cinematic capital : Jean Harlow and the economy of the gold digger -- Sex as a cinematic "queening" : Mae West decamps -- Sex as cinematic code : Lana Turner's star text and the duplicity of the femme fatale -- Sex as cinematic eroticism : Jayne Mansfield's breasts
Control code
CMB0000373
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 258 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781613366813
Other physical details
ill.
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote

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