Wolf-Women and Phantom Ladies: Female Desire in 1940s Us Culture (Hardcover)

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2015 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

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.

About the Author

Steven Dillon is Professor of English at Bates College and the author of Derek Jarman and Lyric Film: The Mirror and the Sea and The Solaris Effect: Art and Artifice in Contemporary American Film.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781438455792
ISBN-10: 1438455798
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication Date: April 1st, 2015
Pages: 332
Language: English
Series: Suny Series in Feminist Criticism and Theory