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Important figures from the vaudeville stage such as Annette Kellerman and Eva Tanguay are presented in depth. The work provides an historical context for understanding these performers and appreciating their rebelliousness. It discusses censorship and content control, and concludes with an analysis of the role of the cinema in the fall of vaudeville. Many photographs, cartoons, and other illustrations are included.
|1||"Dressed in the form of art" : the censorship and curtailment of popular entertainments||21|
|2||"Clean, great, and national" : the mass marketing of amusement||43|
|3||"Of pleasing face and form" : the sexual and the sensual on stage||83|
|4||"Wild woman" : Eva Tanguay as temptress and sexual rebel||127|
|5||"The signal of distress" : film and the fall of vaudeville||163|