Entertaining Lesbians: Celebrity, Visibility, Politics / Edition 1

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Overview

Before the rise of celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres and k.d. lang, lesbians were rarely in the limelight and the few that were often did not fare well. Times have changed and today's famous lesbians are popular icons. Entertaining Lesbians charts the rise of lesbians in the public eye, proposing that celebrity has never been a simple matter of opening closet doors, portraying "positive images," or becoming "role models." Gever traces the history of lesbians in popular culture during the twentieth century, from Radclyffe Hall and Greta Garbo to Martina Navratilova and Rosie O'Donnell, to explore the paradoxes inherent in lesbian celebrity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415944793
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha Gever is Assistant Professor of Communication at Florida Atlantic University/Broward. Her books include: Queer Looks: Perspectives on Lesbian and Gay Film and Video and Out There: Marginalization and Contemporary Cultures. She is the former editor of The Independent Film and Video Monthly.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: Celebrity Talk, Lesbian Style 1
2 Visibility now! The Sexual Politics of Seeing 11
3 Celestial Configurations: Aspects of Lesbian Stardom 45
4 Going Public: Star Wars in the Liberation Movements 81
5 In Retrospect: Legends of Mercedes de Acosta and Company 115
6 Popular Mechanics: Advanced Technologies of Lesbian Celebrity 157
7 Afterword 191
Notes 199
Bibliography 213
Index 225
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