The Starr Report Disrobed

The Starr Report Disrobed

by Fedwa Malti-Douglas, Fedwa Malti Douglas
     
 

ISBN-10: 023111933X

ISBN-13: 9780231119337

Pub. Date: 07/26/2000

Publisher: Columbia University Press

"What is this strange book" asks Fedwa Malti-Douglas, "that can bring the American presidency to its knees?" In this probing study of Kenneth W. Starr's influential and historic work, she reveals how The Starr Report exposed the cultural tendencies, desires, and taboos of Americans while it disrobed the most powerful man in the world.

Unveiling the

Overview

"What is this strange book" asks Fedwa Malti-Douglas, "that can bring the American presidency to its knees?" In this probing study of Kenneth W. Starr's influential and historic work, she reveals how The Starr Report exposed the cultural tendencies, desires, and taboos of Americans while it disrobed the most powerful man in the world.

Unveiling the political and ideological implications of the report's relentless pursuit of corporeal and prurient detail, Malti-Douglas underscores the document's ground-breaking nature—both for its legal and cultural content. What does the report imply about American values when it repeatedly points to the dates on which trysts occurred? Why does gender seem so unstable in the report? And how do such varied objects as Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass or Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon or a Hugo Boss tie or Vox, a novel about phone sex, fit into the legal discourse of the report? Fraught with assumptions about gender and sexuality, the report reflects a strategy to use Clinton's "body natural" to undermine his "body politic."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231119337
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
07/26/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsNoteIntroduction1. The Mighty Morphin Report2. Organization as Obsession3. He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: The Geographies of Lust4. The Great Facilitator: Or, How to "Currie" Favor5. Are We Having Fun Yet?6. Fall Into the Gap: Or, The Starr Report Introduces Popeye to Bill Clinton7. How Is a Sexual Encounter a Sexual Encounter?8. "I Love the Narrative!"9. My Body, My Gender10. An American PostmodernConclusion: The President's Two Bodies and the Politics of MasqueradeIndex

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