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Undressed for Success: Beauty Contestants and Exotic Dancers as Merchants of Morality
     

Undressed for Success: Beauty Contestants and Exotic Dancers as Merchants of Morality

by B. Foley
 
Using the tools of performance studies, gender theory, and cultural history, Brenda Foley explores the striking similarities between beauty pageantry and striptease. For example, women in both project a 'normal' femininity and adhere to a strict hierarchy (Miss America contestants look down upon Miss Universe contestants, while theatrical 'burlesque artists' saw

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Using the tools of performance studies, gender theory, and cultural history, Brenda Foley explores the striking similarities between beauty pageantry and striptease. For example, women in both project a 'normal' femininity and adhere to a strict hierarchy (Miss America contestants look down upon Miss Universe contestants, while theatrical 'burlesque artists' saw themselves as far above mere carnival strippers). Undressed for Success collects extensive primary source research - newspapers, journals, trade publications, photography collections, press releases, memoirs, and interviews with both strippers and pageant contestants - and employs a wide array of gender, feminist, and performance theory to analyze them.

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"This book covers a tremendous amount of ground and offers a complicated, interdisciplinary, and yet highly accessible approach to subjects that have mostly been treated separately: beauty contestants and strippers, Miss American Pageants and strip acts. Foley shows beyond any doubt that these two theatrical forms are historically and formally linked to one another. This is a tremendous accomplishment." - Carolyn J. Dean, Professor of History, Brown University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403969934
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
09/08/2005
Series:
Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History Series
Edition description:
2005
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.02(d)

Meet the Author

Brenda Foley is Assistant Professor of English, St. Thomas University, Canada.

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