Provides encyclopedic coverage of female sexuality in 1940s popular culture.
Popular culture in the 1940s is organized as patriarchal theater. Men gaze upon, evaluate, and coerce women, who are obliged in their turn to put themselves on sexual display. In such a thoroughly patriarchal society, what happens to female sexual desire? Wolf-Women and Phantom Ladies unearths this female desire by conducting a panoramic survey of 1940s culture that analyzes popular novels, daytime radio serials, magazines and magazine fiction, marital textbooks, Hollywood and educational films, jungle comics, and popular music. In addition to popular works, Steven Dillon discusses many lesser-known texts and artists, including Ella Mae Morse, a key figure in the founding of Capitol Records, and Lisa Ben, creator of the first lesbian magazine in the United States.
âThis exciting book presents a truly capacious understanding of US culture and offers a spectacular array of analyses of how the decadeâs cultural discourse struggled to define female desire and how so much male literature and filmmaking sought to constrain it. Dillonâs study will teach scholars of modern American literature and culture a great deal more about the 1940s than they already know or think they know. It is a brilliant addition to the field.â â Gordon Hutner, author of What America Read: Taste, Class, and the Novel, 1920â1960
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