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Posing a Threat
Flappers, Chorus Girls, and Other Brazen Performers of the American 1920s
Angela J. Latham

Wesleyan University Press



Contents

• Illustrations
• Acknowledgments
• Introduction
• 1. Starting Points
• What We have Been Told
• Coming to Terms
• 2. Fashionable Discourse
• 1920’s Fashion in Perspective
• Dame Fashion as Tyrant
• A High Price to Pay
• Fashion and Morality
• Fashion and Health
• Conclusions
• 3. Fashionable Display and the Problem of Bathing Costumes
• “Annette Kellermans”: A Line in the Sand
• The Profitable Decency Dilemma
• Performed Resistance: The arrest of Louise Rosine
• Subversive Stories : Mae West
• Subversive Stories : “Mrs. Brown”
• Conclusions
• 4. The Right to Bare: Containing and Encoding American Women in the Popular Theater
• The Beauty Clause
• Clashing Contingencies: An Analysis of Leg Shows
• Chorus Girls: Legends in Their Own Time
• Decoding the Debates
• 5. The Transgressions of Ladies’ Night
• Getting the Joke: An Analysis of Ladies’ Night
• The Legal Censorship of Ladies’ Night
• Conclusions
• Afterword
• Notes
• Bibliography
• Index

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